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Getting The Rut Right: Understanding the Difference Between the Hunter’s Rut and Biological Rut

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By Craig Dougherty: It’s hard to imagine any whitetail behavior which has generated more attention from the outdoor press than the whitetail rut. Volumes have been written about the whitetail rut and how to hunt it. It is also hard to come up with a hunting concept which has caused more confusion. Confusion? What’s so confusing about the rut? Every hunter knows that rut time is breeding time and the best time to be hunting big bucks. Right? Well, yes, but it’s even more important to understand how the entire fall cycle plays out.

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The Pre-Rut Weather Forecast

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As we advance toward the “pre-rut” stage of the hunting season, one of the most important factors to pay attention to (as it is at most times of year), is the forecast. Changes in weather at this time can really...

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Announcing the Rules of the Rut 2.0 eBooks and Podcasts

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You dream all year of the rut, so when it finally arrives, we know that you want to make it count. That's why we created the Rules of the Rut 2.0. This is the most comprehensive resource, to our knowledge, ever created that is devoted 100% to hunting the whitetail rut. Included in this package are two information packed eBooks and a 3-part podcast series with nearly three hours of expert interviews. The contributors to these books and podcasts are some of the most accomplished whitetail hunters in the country and you'll likely recognize their names from Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, North American Whitetail, Deer & Deer Hunting and a number of acclaimed books.

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The John Wooden Approach To Deer Hunting

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Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, arguably the greatest sports coach that ever lived, is a deer hunting genius. Please, let me explain. In Pat Williams’ book “Coach Wooden’s Greatest Secret”, Pat described a conversation during which he...

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