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Alsheimer: Hunting Tips for the Breeding Phase of the Rut

Whether you call it the breeding phase or lockdown time, now is one tough period to hunt bucks in the North. In last week’s blog post I illustrated the chasing action that precedes peak-breeding. Though breeding can take place throughout the month of November in the North, the 20 days that follow the full...

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Alsheimer: Deer Hunting’s Most Exciting Time is Upon Us

Two weeks ago I ended my blog by saying, “Buckle up your safety harness because things are about to get exciting.” Well, the rut in the North has gone viral. The accompanying photo is a prime example of what is going on in the deer woods across the whitetail’s northern range. Simply put, the chase...

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Alsheimer: Whitetail Scrape Activity is Exploding

If you’ve done any amount of scouting recently, you know that the amount of rubs and scrapes has exploded, especially in the last week and a half. For the next week scraping behavior will be at fever pitch as bucks scent-mark their home area. As I’ve mentioned many times in my Deer and Deer...

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Alsheimer: Get Ready – Big Bucks are on the Move

By the end of October bucks’ and does’ hormone levels have peaked. Combine this with the fact that a full moon hung in the sky on October 18 and you have the ingredients in place for the rut to begin. But don’t be fooled into thinking the rut is about to go hot-to-trot. That...

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Alsheimer: The Whitetail Rut is Ready to Launch

By the last week in October the rut is about to explode for northern whitetails. Scraping and rubbing behavior has increased dramatically from what it was in early October. Also, a buck’s home range is no longer as small as it was in early September and October. In some areas bucks can be expected to cover more...

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Alsheimer: Big-Buck Sparring Matches Heat Up In October

By Charles J. Alsheimer Food still consumes the bulk of a whitetail’s day, though the urge to leave scent and determine dominance is on the rise. By the second week in October sparring matches between bucks becomes more intense. Though most sparring matches will not turn ugly in early October, they can go on for several minutes....

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Alsheimer: Pre-Season Play – Bucks Sparring in September

By Charles J. Alsheimer Throughout the month of September sparring makes up a big part of a buck’s behavior in and around areas they frequent. Though sparring can turn ugly, most encounters are little more than playful shoving matches between bucks. The most common sparring matches are between subordinate and dominant bucks. Because a dominant buck...