Folks, my goal is to help everyone understand the Rut. Ask what the "Rut" is to 50 different hunters, and you'll get 50 different answers. The top biologists in the world are just now starting to unravel some of the mysteries of breeding timing based on years of research. Dr. Kroll in particular has noticed a phenomenon repeatedly over the years and has finally "discovered" one aspect of Rut timing that wasn't known until recently. I'll touch more on that in future threads. Until then, check this out..... Let's start by looking at "The Standard Rut Curve". This is the rut curve found by biologists over the years and relates to when the majority of North America's whitetails will breed. This is when deer have evolved to breed here in the midwest especially. There has been much talk on is.com lately about the Rut,etc. While the "timing" of the Rut doesn't change much from year to year (really this window never changes at all)...the INTENSITY of it is controlled by a few different variables. Of which moon phase, daytime air temperatures, buck:doe ratios, nutritional health of the herd, etc. all can play into. Mull over this curve some and then I'm going to introduce the latest info. on what really gets breeding under way in a deer herd. The answer is going to surprise most of you. Most of you are familiar with this Rut Curve already.