The Rut ’Tis Our Time

All year long we wait for this two-week period. Seasons may be longer, but it is the rut that really gets our tails wagging. For it is now when we really see what kind of deer crop we have for the year.

As I write this it is the last day of the buck season where I live. A couple of OK whitetail bucks have been taken, one by a very close friend of mine from Nevada, the other by a neighbor. Both were mature, if not spectacular, bucks. I was tempted twice last night. A nice five-by-five whitetail came in to harass the does. I don’t recall seeing this buck before, but he appears to be a 3 1/2-year-old deer. I keep holding out for a 150 or better whitetail or a 170 or better mule deer. Last night a mature mule deer buck came out on the river bottom. His tack isn’t anything to write home about, probably a 23- or 24-inch four-by-four, but his blocky body indicates he’s a 4 1/2-year-old deer. As I said, I am tempted.

It’s the excitement of watching these deer and the anticipation of seeing a monster pop out that drives us to hunt. I may shoot one of these bucks tonight or I may not. Tomorrow I’ll start filling my freezer with does. But I would not miss this annual show of shows for anything.

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