Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Autumn Rut

The Autumn is my favorite time of year. The weather change, the beauty of nature, baseball playoffs, football Sundays and Monday nights, cold weather meals, burning leave piles, hockey is just around the corner....and The Rut!
For those of you who don't know what The Rut is let's start with Wikipedia's definition since everything posted on the Internet is true: "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 the time when white-tailed deer, especially bucks, are more active and less cautious than usual."
And that last part, my friends, is what it is all about. Catching that big boy out looking for a lady, when he is thinking with the wrong head! Sometimes a hunter will scout an area for many hours only to be surprised at what he sees when the season finally opens up and the rut is in full effect.
Words cannot fully express the excitement and I cannot accurately describe the feeling. Perhaps the best way to describe the general notion of hunting the rut is to go back to the beginning of this blog and to take some of the different feelings from each one of those early fall activities and add them all up and that result is the closest I can come up with to describe the rut.
Happy fall all!
Paul Gozzo

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