Today on the show we’re joined by certified wildlife biologist Matt Ross and we’re discussing the science of the whitetail rut!

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What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

– Updates on our hunts from last weekend

– Who Matt Ross is

– How deer physiologically change throughout the fall

– What causes the trigger of the rut and what does that mean for the timing of the rut

– How bucks behave during the rut and what GPS studies say about how they use their home range

– How bucks might be patternable in the rut

– If bucks do actually go out on random excursions during the rut

– How does behave during the rut

– If you can overcrowd a property with does

– How and why bucks use signposts like rubs and scrapes during the rut AND what this means for deer hunters

– What common beliefs that hunters have that the research does not support

– And much, much more!

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