Except for the extreme south Florida area, the whitetail rut we hunters recognize — scrapes, chasing, breeding — is still a few weeks away for most of the country. Bucks have shed their velvet, are or will be soon splitting up from bachelor groups, and then everything goes into full-blown crazy mode.
Check out this information about one of the most fascinating studies of the whitetail rut and what bucks are doing during this period.
The rut is known for its chaos, and such mayhem is exciting and frustrating. On one hand, we get to see frantic, often aggressive, behavior by bucks that were — only days before — afraid to travel in daylight. Heck, we might even spot a big buck we didn’t even know existed. It’s hard to not love surprises like that!