Hunting The Illinois Whitetail Rut

September 10th, 2021 – Pike County, IL Outfitter Report – “Hunting the Illinois whitetail rut in Pike County is at the top of the bucket list for thousands of bowhunters across the country. You can experience a rut hunt of a lifetime this fall at Heartland Lodge! We have limited availability for our peak rut hunts in Mid-November. Also a prime late October/ Halloween hunt left! Don’t miss out! Call today at 217-734-2526 to book a rut hunt for this season!”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.