Hunting The Illinois Whitetail Rut

October 30, 2019 – Illinois Whitetail Rut Hunting Report –Giant whitetail taken during the rut  “As the rut starts to kick off here in Illinois, we’ve been experiencing some great mature buck movement. The bucks are starting to really expand there ranges and search for the first estrous does coming into cycle. Now is a great time to sit all day in hopes for catching a big buck cruising from one bedding area to another. We expect to have a phenomenal whitetail rut over the next few weeks at the lodge!”

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.