Mid November swings around, and deer are all over the roads. You start seeing them on the sides of the roads and crossing right out in front of you. Maybe you get to see some action of a big buck chasing a doe around a field. Nothing is more exciting than seeing those antlers from the side of the road, knowing he is a big one. This is when you know it is that time of year again, the Rut.
Bucks rutting seem crazy and ignorant when it comes this time of year. Not only can you tell when this season is in from driving, but also in the stand. You are sitting in the stand on your phone, or watching the squirrels play tag, and all of a sudden you start hearing crackling and popping of the leaves, sticks, debris from the season of fall. Turning your head to see a beautiful doe wandering through the woods, not having any clue that anyone is watching. You are not willing to take a shot because you are a trophy hunter or you just have a feeling that something is trailing behind her. By the time she walks away and out of sight wandering through the thick, here he comes, rustling through the brush. One of the biggest mature bucks you have ever seen or maybe a young buck being wild and crazy. Whatever it may be, you can tell that they are on a mission.
Rut can be a dangerous time of the season. It may also be one of the most exciting times of the year if you are a hunter. Hunting is one of the biggest challenges in a hunters life, but also gets that much more exciting when that big one walks out in front of you. The only thing you may be wondering then is “Do I shoot?”