Hunting The Illinois Whitetail Rut

November 23, 2018 – Illinois Whitetail Rut Hunting Report –Giant whitetail taken during the rut  The Illinois rut was met with some cold temperatures and even a little snow accumulation! We had several successful hunts and look forward to what the tail-end of the rut holds for our archery and gun hunters here 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.