Show notes for Pre & Post Buck podcast#123

Show notes for Pre&Post Bucks podcast #123

Many wildlife biologists agree that the diminishing ratio of daylight to darkness is the primary factor in triggering the rut.

For those that want to know the technical term its called “ Photoperiodism”

These shorter days induce hormone-level changes in both bucks and does. Because daylight hours diminish more rapidly in northern latitudes, rutting activity is generally more concentrated in the northern part of the whitetail’s range. As Ontario is at the northern end of a whitetail range we experience the rut early.

Photoperiodism is only part of the rut story. 

 buck at scrape

Moonlight intensity—specifically a bright full moon waning to a dark new moon—affects the timing of the rut. When daylight and moonlight reach a certain level, the doe prepares to enter estrus. 

Daylight triggers it but it’s the bright full moon that sets it off.

Whitetails begin to the rut normally by the first new moon following the second full moon after the autumn equinox.  So checking the moon cycles for your area is essential.

The new moon is the key:  It tells you when breeding is likely to peak. Once you have this date, you can accurately predict when each stage of the rut will occur.

The wild card here is the weather; unseasonably warm conditions may slow down the rut.A dumping of early snow like today may speed it up, but as the rut has already begun here it just makes for easier tracking.

The post-rut stage can be the most explosive but is the least understood. Because it follows the uneventful peak-breeding stage, many hunters are fooled into thinking the rut is over.

Instead, it’s about to kick into high gear. Mature bucks have had their way for a week or more, but now they’ve run out of receptive does.

Bucks now go looking—trolling—often at a frantic pace, and outside their core areas. 

 Aggressive rattling is ideal for trollers, so bang those antlers together like a pair of bucks squaring off. Cold, calm mornings are usually best, but don’t rule out midday or afternoons.  

When using tree stands minimize the risks of educating bucks as to where a given stand is located.Three important factors should be taken into consideration.  

First, try to select a travel route both to and from your stand that will give you the minimum amount of exposure. 

Next, always choose a stand location with adequate cover and where the wind direction is favorable.  

Finally, no matter how good a stand site appears to be, you must restrain yourself from over-hunting the area. 

Sitting in it all day also can lengthen a stand’s productivity. From the peak scraping phase through the peak of the rut, a mature buck may pass that stand at any time.  If you intend to hunt the same stand both morning and afternoon, staying put all day long effectively cuts the disturbance of coming and going in half.

Getting comfortable is the key. 

As important as it is to reach your stand without being detected, it’s equally important to be able to leave your stand without spooking the deer. 

Few things ruin a stand faster than having deer watch you exit the woods. Especially big trophy bucks!

This is particularly true when you’re hunting crop fields or food sources in the woods. Your easily sky lined.  

One good technique that seems obvious, yet is often underutilized, is that of waiting the deer out. Because of their browsing nature, deer to keep moving as they slowly feed through any given food source.  In many cases, simply having the patience to allow the deer to feed in and out of an area is all a hunter needs to do to prevent discovery. 

If you take the time to choose your travel routes carefully, select your stand sites with adequate cover and favorable winds, and exercise enough restraint so that you don’t over-hunt any given stand, you’ll find that it’s possible to hunt pristine stands from opening day to the close of the season.

 By knowing when to hunt each stand at different times of the season, you’ll greatly improve your chances for success.

Instead of spending the last days of the season desperately trying to fill your tag, you can spend filling a second tag or admire the big buck you already harvested.  

About Peter Wood 1194 Articles
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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