Late Season

January Food Plots

Alsheimer: Bucks Trying to Gain Weight in January

By early January northern whitetails have two things on their mind, eating and surviving. In order to maintain core body temperature they must find adequate food. It is not uncommon for bucks to lose over 20% of their pre-rut body weight from the stresses of the rut. Therefore it is critical for them to...

Bucks Still Fight in December, January

Alsheimer: Bucks Still Fight in January

A mature whitetail buck’s drive for dominance never ends. There is no question that a buck’s aggressiveness peaks in November in the North. However, when the rut ends fighting does not. It has been my experience that during December and early January just as many injuries and broken antlers occur as in November. A...

Bucks will still rub late season, though not nearly at their rut-time levels. (Photo copyright Charles J. Alsheimer)

Alsheimer: Bucks Still Rub After Breeding is Done

By the end of December northern bucks have pretty much lost interest in does, so their desire to breed is a thing of the past. One rutting behavior that is tough for bucks to turn off is rubbing. In spite of decreased testosterone levels bucks will make rubs until they cast their antlers. However,...

December can mean a 'second rut' in northern climates, which might include larger doe fawns. (Photo copyright Charles J. Alsheimer)

Alsheimer: ‘Second Rut’ Offers Second Chance at Bucks

In fine-tuned deer herds, the majority of breeding will be over by the time December’s recovery period is in full swing.  However, on good whitetail range where the herd is healthy and the fawns of the season are large enough, some December breeding will occur. In my area of western New York, many doe...