Hunting The Illinois Whitetail Rut

January 8, 2020 – Illinois Whitetail Rut Hunting Report –Giant whitetail taken during the rut  “There still may be a flurry of secondary rut behavior pop up occasionally but for the most part, deer in general will start to congregate around late season food sources as they try and restore their fat reserves after a long whitetail rut here in Illinois. We are still chasing a few of our target bucks as the archery season is coming to a close.”

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.