Hunting The Illinois Whitetail Rut

September 27th, 2022 – Pike County, IL Outfitter Report – “We have a few spots left for the middle part of October and our Thanksgiving week hunt at the end of November! The end of November hunt can be a great time to catch a mature buck searching for the last does coming into estrous. You won’t want to miss out! These hunt spots fill up quickly with several hunt weeks already sold out! Call 217-982-4039 or E-Mail to inquire about our guided whitetail hunts!”
Giant whitetail taken during the rut in Illinois

Bow or gun hunting during the whitetail rut can be one of the most exciting times to be in the deer woods. This is traditionally the best time to be in the deer stand. As the leaves begin to fall and the weather starts to drop, mature deer start to become more and more visible during daylight hours searching for estrous does. The Illinois deer rut falls during the month of November. Hunting the Illinois deer rut can be divided up into three different hunting times: the end of the pre-rut, the rut, and the start of the post-rut.