December 8, 2018

Darton Harwick of Flatline Whitetails provides a whitetail rut update for Pennsylvania.


Location: northern Pennsylvania
Rut stage: post rut
Current buck movement: 7/10

Projected buck movement: 5/10

As gun season was happening, we were seeing a lot of bucks on their feet nudging around young does. Our trail cameras have confirmed this, as well. Most of all, though, bucks are hammering food sources.

One thing I've...

December 6, 2018

Caleb Combs of Stuart Ranch Outfitters provides a whitetail rut update for Oklahoma.


Location: western Oklahoma

Rut stage: post rut

Current buck movement: 8/10
Projected buck movement: 8/10

As I just witnessed, early post rut hunting can be an awesome time to kill a mature buck. Trail cams and personal encounters have shown that almost all of our big bucks have been active during daylight hours.

Big bucks have bee...

December 4, 2018

Byron Horton of The Whitetail Experience provides a whitetail rut update for Ohio.


Location: central Ohio

Rut stage: post rut

Current buck movement: 2/10

Projected buck movement: 3/10

The first Ohio gun season just wrapped up and this means hunting pressure was at an all-time high. Public land bucks have been killed or are currently in their best hiding holes. There looks to be some lower temps and snow on the way,...

December 1, 2018

Zach Lamb of The Average Outdoorsman provides a whitetail rut update for West Virginia.


Location: northern West Virginia
Rut stage: post rut
Current buck activity: 4/10
Projected buck activity: 7/10

The rut seems to be coming to a close in most of West Virginia. You might catch a buck chasing a doe here or there, but for the most part the does have already came and went. We’ve been seeing more and more does back...

November 28, 2018

David Giarrizzo of Tag N' Brag provides a whitetail rut update for New York.


Location: western New York

Rut stage: peak breeding

Current buck movement: 10/10

Projected buck movement: 6/10


We got hammered with snow in the beginning of November and I believe it put the rut in a slight delay.  The movement we saw this past week should have been a week and a half ago.  From the 20th-24th the bucks were breeding and it ha...

November 26, 2018

Dave Bechtel of Chase Nation TV provides a whitetail rut update for Wisconsin.


Location: southern Wisconsin

Rut stage: post rut
Current buck movement: 6/10
Projected buck movement: 8/10

The week leading up to gun season, we saw a number of mature bucks that were locked down with does. We're currently finding the occasional buck chasing and nudging younger does and fawns. Overall, though, movement has been limited.

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November 24, 2018

Dylan Tramp of Outdoor Forum provides a whitetail rut update for South Dakota. 


Location: eastern South Dakota

Rut stage: post rut
Current buck movement: 8/10
Projected buck movement: 9/10
 

With peak breeding behind us and rifle hunters afield, mature bucks are clinging to the best cover available. However, bucks will still be visible as they seek out the last willing does.

I'm continuing to see bucks on the move...

November 22, 2018

Parker McDonald of Southern Ground Hunting Podcast provides a whitetail rut update for Alabama.


Location: northern Alabama

Rut stage: pre-rut

Current buck movement: 4/10
Projected buck movement: 6/10


We're finally on the home stretch of the rut in northern Alabama. With November wrapping up, hunters will start to find rubs and scrapes popping up more and more. We've even heard reports of young bucks starting to chas...

November 20, 2018

Kevin Vistisen of Deer Hunter Podcast provides a whitetail rut update for Michigan.


Location: southern Michigan

Rut stage: peak breeding

Current buck movement: 6/10

Projected buck movement: 10/10
 

Michigan is currently at the peak of the breeding phase. The majority of does are in estrous and mature bucks don't have to move far to find a companion to spend 24 to 48 hours with. I actually witnessed a doe seeking out a...

November 14, 2018

Adam Crews of Down South Hunting provides a whitetail rut update for Kentucky.


Location: western Kentucky

Rut stage: peak rut

Current buck movement: 8/10

Projected buck movement: 9/10

The buck activity in Kentucky could be described as intense for yearlings, but less than moderate for older class deer. Throughout the first week of November, if a doe were to pass underneath the stand—a buck would not be far behind.

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