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3 Ways to Gauge the Rut in the Midwest

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Trying to decide how much the rut is rocking in the Midwest? Here’s three quick ways to put your thumb on it. 

The most magical time of the year is right around the corner. As whitetail hunters, it’s what we dream about. The rut! Except, how do you gauge the rut and know if it’s really here? These three things are sure to help.

1. Sign

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This one may seem obvious, right? But, it’s not just about seeing sign starting to show up; it’s how you interpret that sign. Everybody loves to see big rubs and scrapes, no doubt about that. Scrapes start showing up sometimes as early as September and early October, but that doesn’t mean the rut is kicking in gear. The same goes for rubs. Once you see rubs and scrapes not getting paid as much attention to, then you know things are getting serious.

This is due to the fact that bucks are now in full pursuit of their female counterparts. There is one thing on their mind, and that’s does. You’ll see scrapes that were being freshened daily go dormant, and new rubs won’t be showing up daily anymore.

2. Doe Activity

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A telltale sign that bucks have been actively chasing does is the level of activity you see among does. You won’t see them much, if at all, out in open fields anymore, after they have been chased around and hounded by buck after buck. Once this occurs, you could probably assume the rut is firing on all cylinders.

3. Mature Buck’s Moving in Daylight

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This is the biggest indicator of the rut you can get. Are mature buck’s moving in daylight yet? You can garner this information by checking trail cameras, or time on stand. A lot of rut behavior happens during the middle of the night, but once the rut is in full swing, it can be the only time of the year that some mature bucks will be caught moving during daylight. This could be the only time of the year to get it done on some of those old bruisers.

The rut is a magical time to be in the deer woods. Knowing when to be aggressive, and how to gauge the rut can be tricky at times. Start putting the pieces together, and when the time is right, get into your best spots, and let sweet November run its course!

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3 Ways to Gauge the Rut in the Midwest