What Is the Key for All-Day Rut Activity?
By: Tony J. Peterson
What if your hunting ground is flat and doesn't feature quality bottlenecks and funnels? Locating water can be a sure-fire sign for rut activity!
Conventional rut hunting advice trends toward finding terrain features that funnel deer movement. This is Whitetail 101-level stuff, but doesn’t always work or isn’t always possible. For example, where I live just north of the Twin Cities, finding funnels and pinch points isn’t all that easy. It’s flat as a pool table on most of my spots and the deer can (and will) travel just about anywhere they please.
This is different than the bluff country along the Mighty Mississippi where I grew up. Those hills and ridges did wonderful things for deer movement because there were certain saddles and dropoffs that just promoted the kind of travel a deer hunter wants. These two examples, in the same state and only two hours apart, are simple evidence that there are a lot of variables that go into hunting deer correctly and finding the right rut ambush sites. You’ve got to figure out what’s best for each spot you hunt. I’ve had this lesson drilled into my skull every year since I started bowhunting as a middle schooler.
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