October Rut Tracker: Seeking, Chasing, Peaking: Whitetails

October Rut Tracker: Seeking, Chasing, Peaking: Whitetails: Our Rut Meter is on the move, so things must be heating up in the whitetail woods. The whitetail heat is coming from whitetail bucks, which are beginning to cover ground. They are moving across ridges and marching from one social area to another. Are they looking for estrus does? Well, not exactly; they are most likely responding to increased levels of testosterone pulsing through their systems and just doing what bucks do. They are on the march, and they will keep marching until an estrus doe reminds them as to why the fall march is on.

As is commonly believed, the size of the rub has a lot to do with the size and maturity of its maker. If the rub is the size of a person’s finger and the tree is only barely skinned up, the rub was probably made by a 1 1/2- or 2 1/2-year-old buck. Young bucks do not make a lot of rubs unless older bucks (3 1/2 years old or older) are noticeably missing from the area.

October Rut Tracker: Seeking, Chasing, Peaking: Whitetails: That doesn’t mean the occasional buck will open a scrape or rub a tree, but it is all a dress rehearsal for the real deal. Seasoned whitetail watchers know that it’s the does that trigger the rut we are all waiting for. Our whitetail watching team is reporting does on the food regularly. The does are spending untold hours filling their bellies, while the bucks are moving aimlessly about. Fall food preferences can change by the day but make no mistake, it is still all about the “need to feed” in the whitetail woods. Hunters will do well to stay on food sources this week. Many have reported a buck marching into a food plot, feeding for 20 minutes, then marching right back out. If you are intent on arrowing something wearing headgear, a ridge that is known to produce buck sightings isn’t a bad bet, and neither is a well-used crossing from point A to point B.

We are going to set the Rut Meter at 30 percent this week as seeking and chasing have trumped the latest buck movement. Scrapes and rubs are essentially popping up overnight all across whitetail country.

Waiting on Go for the Rut

  • Late October is the time to double check all you gear as we head into all day sits, make sure your gear ready to go. Don’t wait till the night before your going out.
  • Get out to your local retailer and order now!
  • Bowhunters need to spend some time getting the kinks out and “sharpening up” their shooting (and their broadheads) for the upcoming season. Also getting their Outdoor Edge Knives ready for the woods.
  • Keeping a tight inventory list of target animals is very easy to do with our LowDown Viewers in our back packs
  • Having a great pair of optics in your pack is essential we rely on our Burris Optics Droptine Binoculars
  • Staying sharp and ready for the moment of truth with realistic reps with our archery gear on our Big Shot Targets

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