Hunting The Illinois Whitetail Rut

April 27th, 2022 – Pike County, IL Outfitter Report – “We had a great rut archery season this past fall with several nice whitetails harvested by bowhunters. We are prepping for the 2022 bowhunting season now! If you are interested in a peak rut hunt with us next season, now is the time to reserve your hunt spots! We have a few spots left for our late-October hunt and our Thanksgiving week hunt. Give us a call (217-982-4039) or E-Mail for more information!”
Giant whitetail taken during the rut in Illinois

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.