Hunting the Whitetail Rut: the Science and Strategies With NDA‘s Kip Adams

Oct 6, 2021 NDA Staff

In this episode of NDA’s Deer Season 365 Podcast, we are talking with wildlife biologist and NDA Chief Conservation Officer Kip Adams about a broad range of deer hunting and deer research topics. Kip talks…

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Will the Rut Be Early This Year?

Oct 23, 2018 Brian Grossman

Every year about this time, questions and concerns about the rut start popping up on social media. “Will the rut be early this year?” “Think this cold snap will get the deer rutting?” “I hope…

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When is Peak Rut? Your Trail-Cameras Can Tell You.

Nov 15, 2017 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

When you harvest a doe late in a hunting season, you can measure any fetuses the doe is carrying using a special scale and determine when they were conceived. With enough fetal measurements, you can…

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3 Ways Bucks Win the Rut

Nov 6, 2017 Kip Adams

Do you believe the list of attributes a buck must possess to be a successful breeder is long or short? Does it change depending on where you are in the whitetail’s range? Much research has…

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See One Buck’s Amazing Post-Rut Decline and Recovery

Apr 28, 2016 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

It’s rare that we as hunters of wild whitetails can piece together a lifelong photo album for a single buck. Antler size and character make such drastic leaps in the first three years that it…

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When Doe Fawns Breed, It’s a Good Sign

Dec 8, 2015 Kip Adams

Some doe fawns breed and conceive in their first fall, at around six to eight months of age. The percentage that do this is determined by nutrition – they attain sexual maturity if they reach…

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Is Late Rutting Activity an Indicator of Problems?

Dec 12, 2014 Kip Adams

I have been asked many times about rutting activity during December and January – what some hunters call a “second rut” – and whether this signals a problem. Rubs, scrapes and chasing behavior during December and…

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No Link Between Moon Phase and Rut Peak

Oct 13, 2014 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

This graphic illustrates a fact that has stood up to repeated scientific testing over the years: The moon does not have a detectable influence on the timing of whitetail breeding. Scientists have known for decades that…

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Is the “Lockdown Phase” a Myth?

Oct 30, 2013 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Some hunters believe they witness an “October Lull” or a peak-rut “Lockdown Phase,” when mature bucks suddenly stop moving or hole-up with an estrus doe. Researcher Andy Olson did not see evidence of either in…

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What Triggers the Whitetail Rut?

Oct 18, 2013 Kip Adams

Whitetails are rutting somewhere in their range from August through February. Amazingly, they breed over this seven-month period just in the state of Florida! Let’s look at the factors that lead to widely varying breeding…

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