Hunting The Illinois Whitetail Rut

January 25th, 2021 – Pike County, IL Outfitter Report – “The Illinois whitetail season has officially ended. We had phenomenal rut hunts this past season with several trophy whitetails being harvested. We have several nice bucks that are still showing up on trail cameras and we’ll begin to search for their sheds soon.. We’re already beginning to prepare for next season with frost seeding, controlled burns and dialing in our rut hunting treestand locations. If you’re interested in a rut hunt for the 2021 season, now is the time to book as our prime rut spots sell out quickly!”Giant whitetail taken during the rut

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.