Hunting for Rutting Bucks

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Hunting and scouting for whitetail deer this week has been great.

One week of shotgun hunting in southern Ontario and this week in central Ontario I have had an awesome time hunting whitetail during the fall rut.

The MNR’s multiple tag options has kept me busy in pursuit of Ontario’s deer during the controlled shotgun hunt. Pre- season preparation planting a Backyard Wildlife Food Plot and building a blind enabled me to take two bucks on same day from my blind party hunting.

A nice 6-pointer at 7am was cruising the edge of this corn field 13 yards east of my blind Dropped it in it’s tracks with my Browning O/U 12 gauge.

That afternoon a button buck decided an early afternoon stop in the Sweet Success food plot would be a good idea. Well it was for me as well as the owner of the property. He wanted a small deer to fill his tag. The farmer was on watch about 200 yards away when he heard my shotgun.

The next day hunting a farm north of this I watched a 9-point buck running the north field edge. Minutes later the buck reappeared with two does and three fawn on the far side of the field. They continued to run circles coming closer and closer to my location on the south side of the field. My Nikon 550 rangefinder showed 67 yards. One shot from my Browning sealed the deal on my third buck in two days.

7am took this 6-point buck at 13 yards with Browning O/U 12 gauge shotgun
7am took this 6-point buck at 13 yards with Browning O/U 12 gauge shotgun

The next morning I had the big buck of the farm answer my antler rattling with consecutive snorts and wheezes, Boy was he showing his dominance. Thick cover and a wavering breeze helped him survive the day. I shall have to get back there with my bow later in November or December.

Tomorrow I try to fill my central Ontario deer tag in the Kawarthas, hopefully some cooler weather will get the deer mobile.

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As an avid lifelong angler and hunter, Peter’s outdoor knowledge and experiences keep expanding through his hundreds of hours of hunting and fishing podcast interviews with like minded experts. He has received numerous national writing awards. With thousands of outdoor pictures on Ripple Outdoors and many full-length articles with outdoor magazine and video clips you might say that he not only enjoys his outdoor lifestyle, but he’s quite the fanatic! In 2015 he earned fifth overall on the King of the Wood Contest hosted by Canada In The Rough team, pretty good for a baby boomer deer hunter. His buck was also one of the top bucks taken that season. Through Peter’s deer hunting seminars or by attending outdoor trade shows, like the Toronto Sportsmen Show and The SWOC Big Buck Show, he has connected with thousands of like minded people that love hunting and fishing. As a volunteer or member of local and national outdoor groups like QDMA, SWOC, Outdoor Writers of Canada, Archery Trade Show Association he continues to learn and hone his craft. Read his many articles, listen to his podcasts and rifle through thousands of photos on Ripple Outdoors. Discover Peter’s latest posts about outdoor gear, destinations, how to articles and interviews and you’ll be a better angler and hunter for the experience.

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