The Science Behind the South’s Odd Whitetail Rut With Jason Sumners

January 10, 2023 By: NDA Staff

In this episode of the Deer Season 365 podcast, we’re talking with wildlife biologist Jason Sumners about the science behind the odd whitetail rut timing in the Southeastern U.S. Jason studied the impact of deer relocations during 20th-century deer restocking efforts on rut timing while at Mississippi State University, and shares those findings in an easy-to-understand way with our listeners. Jason discusses why deer across most of the country breed in early to mid-November, how that differs in the South, and why some deer breed weeks or even months later or earlier than deer just one county over in states like Florida and Alabama.

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