Understanding and Keying In on Lockdown Bucks During the Rut

Understanding and Keying In on Lockdown Bucks During the Rut

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Once bucks find a receptive doe they stick with her until breeding is completed in what is known by some hunters as the lockdown phase. This can be a challenging time to hunt mature bucks but it’s not impossible to put your tag on one during this period. (Photo: Getty Images)

Hunters who can dissect and recognize the unique activities that occur during this special time are the ones who will be most likely to earn a trip to the taxidermist.

It doesn’t matter if you pick up a rifle once a year and climb into your only treestand, or if you hunt the entire deer season across multiple states, every whitetail hunter has one thing in common: anticipation of the rut. That’s…



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