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The Rut Report

  1. The Last Rut Report

    Jan 5, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    RM Week 20 Blog

    Happy New Year! This will be our final Rut Report this season, it comes with mixed emotions, of course. It means another hunting season is coming to a close, and another long off-season awaits me. The Rut Report has been a labor of love for me for over four years now, I have seen it…

  2. Rut Report Week 19

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

    RM Week 19 Blog

    Week 19 of the Rut Report and the rut is still going on. It amazes me how one species of animals can have such a long breeding season. Mother Nature is amazing in how she makes sure that the fawns are born at the perfect time each spring. You can call it evolution, but I…

  3. Rut Report Week 18

    Dec 22, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    RM Week 18 Blog

    The Rut has migrated south much like the warm weather that we enjoyed just days and weeks ago. Fortunately though, the big bucks do not migrate, though at times they seem to. Most of the country is in state of post rut, or a less noticeable second rut. No matter what stage of Post Rut…

  4. Rut Report Week 17

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    RM Week 17 Blog

    Week 17 is upon us and like many of you I’m feeling as worn out as a rut-weary buck. Early mornings and late nights get to you after a while. The cold is starting to finally arrive and that makes sitting on stand that much harder. I guess it’s time to head south; they have…

  5. Rut Report – Week 16

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

    RM Week 16 Blog

    I can’t believe we’re into Week 16 already! Where has this fall gone? It seems like just a week or two ago I was looking at the first rubs of the year, now I look at rubs and just wonder if that buck is still alive. The Rut Report has really shifted south, and you…

  6. Rut Report Week 15

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

    RM Week 15 Blog

    The Rut is rolling along in some areas, burnt out in some areas, and just not even a thought yet in others. Isn’t nature amazing how the same species can adapt and breed at different times? If the Rut is still peaking in your woods, or if it’s still pre-rut for you, the best time…

  7. Rut Report Week 14

    Nov 25, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    RM Week 13 Blog

    This week’s Rut Report is a bit light due to Thanksgiving and I apologize for that. The Rut is still happening and big bucks are still being tagged. Have you tagged yours yet? This is a great time of year to even get a post rut buck, and he’ll be easier to drag out! Rut…

  8. Rut Report Week 13

    Nov 17, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    RM Week 13 Blog

    We’re into lucky Week 13 of our Whitetail Rut Report, and this week might be your lucky week. Have you tagged out yet? Have you missed your chance? Unless your season is done you haven’t. The rut is still on in most areas, and if it’s already peaked you have a few does that are…

  9. The Rut is On Week 12

    Nov 10, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    RM Week 12 Blog

    Ah, the leaves have changed, or many are on the ground, snow has started falling in the West, and even we East Coasters have seen the white stuff on the ground. The corn and beans are being harvested and, oh yeah, the RUT IS ON! In most places the bucks are ready for love and…

  10. Rut Report Week 11

    Nov 3, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    RM Week 11 Blog

    It’s the first week of November and the magic time is here or will be here quickly for most of the country. Everyone loves October, it signals the start of fall, beautiful leaves and hunting seasons. I’ve been waiting for November though and with all of the activity taking place in the woods right now…

  11. Week 10 Happy Halloween

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    RM Week 10 Blog

    The Rut is starting to peak its beautiful head out of the fall foliage. Signs that it is ready to explode are everywhere, if you know where to look. I know around me the signs are there, and that means in the next two weeks more deer are going to be running around the woods than any other time of the year. Let’s check out what is going on in the whitetail world.

  12. Week 9 Rut Report

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    RM Week 9 Blog

    Week 9 of the Rut Report finds us still in the October Lull in many parts of the country. October is the month I have always grown to look forward to, it signaled Fall and hunting seasons. I’m learning more and more to look forward to November and the Rut than I am for October…

  13. The Dreaded Lull

    Oct 13, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    RM Week 8 Blog

    This is our 8th week of the Rut Report and we’re just starting to see the action we’ve been waiting for. I feel the October lull is in full swing and may break before our next report, so be ready. Around me a lot of the farmers are harvesting their corn crops; this means an…

  14. Week 7 of the Rut Report

    Oct 6, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    RM Week 7 Blog

    I had a rare but wonderful treat this past weekend, I was able to enjoy my first buck battle of the fall. This was anything but a drag out full on fight, it was just two young bucks feeling their oats. They were pretty evenly matched as both were fork horns, but one seemed a…

  15. Week 6 of the Rut Report

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    RM Week 6 Blog

    The Rut is hitting in a few areas, but the majority of our great country is still in the pre-rut pattern. And most of that is early pre-rut. I know a lot of bow seasons are open or opening this weekend: What are your plans to take on the challenge of the early-season pattern the…

  16. Rut Report Week 5

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    RM Week 5 Blog

    Wow, we’re five weeks into this already and the good stuff really hasn’t started yet! What are you all seeing in your area? This morning on my way to the concrete jungle I saw a nice-sized doe in a field, so I stopped to watch her. Something about her just didn’t look right and I…

  17. Rut Report Week 4

    Sep 15, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

    RM Week 3 Blog

    This is our fourth installment of the highly popular Rut Report for 2011. So far not much feedback has come from you all yet; I guess you’re saving it for later in the season. I know a few of you are out hunting already and after this weekend even more of you will be hitting…

  18. Rut Report Week 3

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    RM Week 3 Blog

    Week three is upon us already and yes there are deer rutting somewhere this early in the season. When does your deer season start? Around here I’m waiting til next month before I can hit the woods chasing the big boys. Until then, I’m getting ready for another season, and for what happens after he…

  19. Rut Report Week 2

    Sep 1, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

    RM Week 1 Blog

    Here’s your second weekly installment of the infamous Rut Report. Not much is happening, yet, but soon it will be exploding, and now is the time to get ready. Whether you like to tag out early, hunt during the prime seeking stage, the actual rut or post rut, the work you do now will help…

  20. The Rut Report is Back

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    RM Week 1 Blog

    The annual Versus Rut Report is kicking off this week, but we’re going to do things a bit differently this year. Instead of just one person shouldering all of the work, we’re going to rely on your favorite personalities from our shows to help out. I will be acting as your narrator for the next…