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"The Rut"

Discussion in 'Indiana Whitetail Hunting' started by Dean Weimer, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. There are a zillion myths about the whitetail rut out there. What are some of the most popular ones?

    Here are two that have been around forever:

    1) Does control when breeding occurs.

    2) The rutting dates change in a given geographic location from year to year.

    Any other ones we can shatter on this thread?
     

  2. Actually, the moon can synchronize breeding estrus in does, but it doesn't control breeding. The moon does play a secondary part in it. When that Rutting Moon falls near traditional breeding dates, like it did last fall, look for an intense and very active primary breeding season. Do you remember the intense breeding activity last season during the second week of November? The rutting moon fell on November 5 last year. However, when that full moon falls well before, or well after tradtional breeding dates it can cause less synchronization and a more strung out primary breeding season. Does anyone know what date this fall's Rutting Moon is on?
     
  3. Last quarter: November 1
    New moon: November 9
    First quarter: November 17
    Full moon: November 24
    Last quarter: December 1
     
  4. LOL... It really doesn't matter to me when the rut is .

    I will be out there hunting them whenever it falls.

    I'll be in the deer woods before it starts, while it is going on and after it is over.
     
  5. Yes, those who hunt all weapons, all seasons definately have an advantage.
     
  6. Temperature is another myth.
     
  7. Actually all you need is one weapon. A bow.
     
  8. nope, gotta have PCR's too
     
  9. Rut (mammalian reproduction)

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    The Rut is the period of time when antlered ungulates, such as deer, sheep, elk, moose, caribou, ibex, goats, pronghorn and Asian and African antelope, mate. The rut for white-tailed deer usually lasts from 1-3 months in the Northern Hemisphere and may occur most of the year in tropical zones. The Rut is triggered by a shortening of the length of daylight hours (referred to as photoperiod) each day. The dates of the rut for different species depends on the length of their gestation period (length of pregnancy). Many species breed so that their young are born in the spring, shortly after new green growth has appeared (which provides food for the females, allowing them to provide milk for the young), and when the temperatures are warm enough that the young will not die of hypothermia.
    The Rut is the time when white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), especially bucks, are more active and less cautious than usual. This makes them easier to hunt, as well as more susceptible to being hit by motor vehicles.
    Some people believe that the white-tailed deer rut is also controlled by the lunar phase and that the rut peaks seven days after the second full moon (the rutting moon) after the autumnal equinox on September 21. However, study of white-tailed doe conception dates conducted in Minnesota between 1980 and 1987 showed no correlation between peak breeding dates of white-tailed deer and any lunar phase. More evidence for this came from a student study at the University of Georgia.
    A white-tail doe may be in estrus for up to 72 hours, and may come into estrus up to seven times if she does not mate. Cow elk may come into estrus up to four or more times if they do not mate.
    During the rut (also known as the rutting period) males (terms include 'buck' deer, 'bull' elk and moose, and 'rams' (male sheep)) often rub their antlers or horns on trees or shrubs, fight with each other, while out, and pursue estrus females by their scent.
     
  10. All I know is during gun season or should I say rut season is when the most deer are killed. The moon has a lot to do with it and old 410 will be in the woods and ready the first week of gun season so look it up and on the 3rd day of gun season is when the bucks will fall. Don't ask why just put it down and we will talk about it after that time.
     
  11. This would put the rutting moon on October 26, 2007, as the first full moon after the equinox is September 26. Adding seven days to the rutting moon would put the peak of the rut at November 2. That's if you believe the above method.
     
  12. Sounds logical to me.