Exclusive: 2017 Southern Whitetail Deer Hunting Rut Predictions

Exclusive: 2017 Southern Whitetail Deer Hunting Rut Predictions

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Predicting the peak rut periods in Southern states is tricky for many reasons, one of which is the population that varies and can produce a “drip rut” thanks to more does than bucks in the herd. (Photo: Getty Images)

Timing the “drip rut” of the Southern whitetail breeding season differs from the Midwest and Northern predictions, but these suggestions can help you decide when to be in the stand.

Patterning a mature white-tailed buck is ultimately the key to a successful hunt. That, and a little bit of luck, of course. For many deer hunters, patterning a mature buck is dramatically easier the earlier or later in the season they hunt, when bucks tend to be on a…



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