The Whitetail Rut Map

It starts just before Halloween and continues through the end of the year. Its the argument about when the whitetail rut starts, is at its peak and ends. This MAP over at Field & Stream is fueled by eye-witness reports in various areas. It may not be a true reflection of the rut but it is kinda neat.

Most hypothesize that the peak of the rut occurs a week after the second full moon following the autumnal equinox. Sounds technical enough to be at least partially right – to many folks, as long as something sounds technical its true – but who knows. I did this calculation for you and right now is time!

Here in West Virginia I typically use the hillbilly method to judge the peak of the rut. We have the highest deer/auto collision rate of any state and guess when it gets the worst? During the rut.

I saw my first road kill buck yesterday.



About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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