For better hunting success during deer season, it’s critical to understand the role that does play during the process of mate selection known as the rut.
If you're unable to scout in the off-season, speed scouting for rubs, scrapes and other deer sign during hunting season is a good way to form a plan.
Research shows that hormones from a doe's reproductive tract and associated vaginal secretions during the time of estrus are primary sexual attractants.
The whitetail breeding period, known as the rut, follows predictable stages of deer behavior. These changes dictate the effectiveness of hunting strategies.
What happens with the does that don't get bred during the first major part of the whitetail rut? You may have heard of a second rut, but is it real?
Without a doubt, rubs are the king of deer sign and many hunters actively look for rubs and rub lines while scouting and hunting whitetails.
How much do you know about the whitetail rut from the earliest to late stages in order to hunt more effectively, strategically and with a better chance to kill deer?
By scouting to learn what bucks are in your hunting areas, you can take advantage of their predictability in the early part of the season.
Steve Kress turned decades of hunting and studious research into peak rut dates based on the best predictions for his area into a great public land hunt.