With the rut fading into history, whitetail deer hunters have to modify their tactics as deer behavior changes.  Those bucks that survived opening day won’t be rut crazed and acting careless any longer, yet another lesser rut is on the horizon. Allen Treadwell does a fine job of capturing the stages of deer behavior and provides several tips to help you score in late season in this post sponsored by Winchester:

byers014Deer season can be broken down into three different categories, early season, the rut, and late season. All three have distinct advantages all their own. For example, early season allows the hunter to chase unpressured deer that haven’t been hunted in months still in summer patterns, and possibly bachelor groups of bucks still together. The rut has the advantage of big bucks throwing caution to the wind, with only one thing on their mind, breading. While most hunters may be quick to call the rut their favorite time to hunt, don’t rule out late season. Giving the proper conditions late season whitetail hunting can be one of the most productive times to fill your tag.

I refer to anything after the rut as late season hunting, and there are a few distinct variables that determine success on late season whitetails…

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.