Buckle your safety belts and keep your bow in hand, the time of year deer hunters dream about is upon us. The Hunter’s Moon has come and gone, welcoming another fall. With the colorful display of red, orange and yellow foliage, and temperatures steadily dropping across the Midwest, it’s time for the action to happen. The rut is about to roar.
The peak breeding time of the whitetail rut lasts about three weeks. We’re not there yet. The period we are in is the pre-rut. Right now, bucks are busy establishing dominance and preparing scrapes. They’re starting to seek does. A lot of this activity is taking place after dark, but more bucks are showing up during daylight hours.