Hunting The Illinois Whitetail Rut

August 15, 2018 – Illinois Whitetail Rut Hunting Report –Giant whitetail taken during the rut We have been scouting a lot of great bucks in the bean and alfalfa fields. Our fall food plots are looking great with the recent rains. The forecast for the end of October and all of November hunting looks like its going to be great whitetail hunting. If we get cool weather during the rut, hunter success rates should be very high.

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.