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NAW TV: South Texas Rut Hunt

by NAW TV 2

Dr. James Kroll sets his sights on a Southwest Texas rut hunt with his good friend Quad Boenker. Both hunters… more »

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

by P.J. Reilly 5

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

When the rut arrives, bucks that would normally be bedded down during the midday hours are often cruising for does, all the more reason to stay in the game when lunchtime rolls around. Photo by Judd Cooney/

Hunt Midday Bucks During The Rut

by P.J. Reilly 3

Boyd Mathes didn’t care one lick that it was noon on Nov. 20, 2010. He was heading out to hunt… more »


Get Aggressive: Rut Calling Tactics

by P.J. Reilly 1

When the rut arrives and the action ramps up, it’s time to get aggressive with your calling. Take these hard-core calling tips into the woods this November!


Four Common Whitetail Rut Misconceptions

by Dr. James C. Kroll 0

Of the hundreds of questions I am asked each year, the most frequent involve the rut in some manner.

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

by Travis Faulkner 0

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

by Steve Bartylla 0

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.

Michigan hunter Aaron Byers saw this fine Illinois 8-pointer from his tree stand early on opening day of the state's gun season, but he couldn't get a shot. Aaron stayed in his stand all day, and the buck reappeared just before dark.

Stay In Your Stand All Day During The Rut For Trophy Bucks

by P.J. Reilly 0

No pain, no gain. Typically, these words are used to remind athletes that victories are earned through tremendous self-sacrifice. But the same axiom can also be applied to whitetail hunters.


Rut Tactics For Trophy Whitetails

by Steve Bartylla 0

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

by Joe Lieb 0

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.

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