Best Dates to Hunt the Rut in 2018
By: Bob Humphrey
Predicting when the rut will peak this year may be a lot easier than you think; find out when the action will start in your region!
“Bucks are already shedding velvet. The rut is gonna come early this year.” The comment took me a little by surprise as we sat in a boat 25 miles offshore waiting for a bite. It was still late summer, and I had yet to even dust off my boat, never mind thinking far enough into fall to consider the rut. But my companion, who had been diligently surfing the web the previous day had a head full of notions about how the weather, moon and global temperature change would influence timing of the rut. I indulged him for a while before setting him on a more direct course.
Deer hunters are perpetually trying to solve “the riddle of the rut” and over the years have come up with some pretty creative notions about what triggers it and when it occurs. Theories run the gamut from sunspots to solunar tables; moon phase, position overhead and proximity to earth; and from drought and mast crop to relative humidity. It turns out accurately predicting when peak breeding will occur in your neighborhood is not nearly as complicated as you might think, and I’ll tell you how it’s done.
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