My Quest to Understand the Whitetail Deer Rut… A Deer Mother’s Journey

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This past month, FD and I observed indicators that the whitetail deer rut was beginning.  For those of you who do not have a clue as to what the rut is, it’s the breeding season for deer. All during the month of September, we noticed small groups of does and fawns gathering at the feeders and water tub below.  They could be seen all hours of the day, and all through the nighttime hours as well.  On a few cold, and sometimes windy nights, five or six sets of green eyes could be viewed out in the south pasture with a high-powered flashlight.  The deer would bed down there, or sometimes venture to the oak tree, just to the east, in search of acorns.  Often, we could see just as many further back in the woods at night.

Deer activity and feeding increased in September and October.  During this time…

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