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Setting up in or near secure bedding areas can be a deadly tactic for ambushing a buck that's cruising for hot does.  Photo by John Hafner/

5 Sure-Fire Rut Setups

November 9, 2011 by P.J. Reilly

When Mother Nature says it’s breeding time in the deer woods, hunters become scarce around the house. And that’s as…»

The author admires a buck he killed during the heart of the rut by employing strategies that targeted the deer’s primary senses. Photo courtesy of Travis Faulkner.

Rut Attack Strategies

November 19, 2010 by Travis Faulkner

Get after the rut-crazed bucks in your woods this fall with tactics that attack, exploit and engage all three of their primary senses.

If you find it necessary to do some quick in-season scouting to find a fresh stand site, do it only once, the author advises. Sure, there's always a chance you might bump that big buck you're after, but which is worse: sitting in a dead zone or relocating to a spot with good potential?

Changing Your Stand Location During The Rut

September 22, 2010 by Steve Bartylla

If you’re hunting a stand that turns out to be unproductive during the various phases of the rut, it might be time to regroup and do something drastic. Do some quick scouting and relocate.


Rut Tactics For Trophy Whitetails

September 22, 2010 by Steve Bartylla

Even though the peak of the rut is generally considered to be the best time of year to catch a mature buck off guard during daylight hours, hunting this phase of the season still has its challenges. Here are some proven tactics that could help you score big!

Want to call in a rutting giant like this? If you use this expert caller's technique, be prepared to meet up with the bull of the woods!

Rut Calling Tips From A Master

September 22, 2010 by Joe Lieb

Joe Lieb has called in and arrowed numerous mature bucks in his home state of Iowa, including several B&C bucks, and those who know him best consider him to be a master deer caller.


Trolling for Trophy Bucks During The Rut

September 22, 2010 by Jody Hadachek

When he’s looking for love, a big whitetail buck is playing the percentage game. If you want a shot at him, you’d better do the same. Here’s how.

The author took this 7 1/2-year-old buck while hunting the rut with Acorn Outfitters near Del Rio, Texas. The deer was clearly past his prime in terms of antler growth. Photo by Gordon Whittington

Hunting Old Bucks During The Rut

September 22, 2010 by Dr. James C. Kroll

As a whitetail buck matures, his rut behavior changes in predictable ways. To hunt him effectively, you must understand his motives.