Hunting The Illinois Whitetail Rut

September 27, 2018 – Illinois Whitetail Rut Hunting Report –Giant whitetail taken during the rut As the corn and soybeans turn brown, and whitetails shift into their fall home ranges, we are making our final adjustments for hunting the Illinois rut. Our rut stands are prepped early to keep them pressure free when the Illinois whitetail rut comes around. 

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.