Hunt the prime rut days this fall using the 2012 Deer & Deer Hunting Rut Forecast. It's the perfect resource to ensure you'll be in your stand for the heart of the rut.
Contrary to what some believe, the white-tailed deer rut does not explode overnight. Simply put, it’s not a 100-yard dash. Rather, it is more like a marathon, and lasts approximately 40 days in areas with a fine-tuned deer herd.
The research of longtime Deer & Deer Hunting contributor Charles Alsheimer and Vermont wildlife biologist Wayne Laroche has shown that the rut has three distinct phases; seeking, chasing, and breeding. These rut phases are largely determined by the phases of the moon.
In this in-depth analysis of the 2012 rut, Alsheimer and Laroche forecast exactly when you can expect rut activity to pick up in your neck of the woods. Using this info, you can target the best days to be in your stand this fall!