Skip to main content

10 Whitetail Hunting Tips to Capitalize on the Rut

OutdoorChannel.com collected some of the best whitetail rut tips to help hunters take advantage of the rut and enjoy their time in the field

10 Whitetail Hunting Tips to Capitalize on the Rut
Setting up a stand on travel lanes – between feeding and bedding areas – can often increase your opportunities to encounter bucks leading up to and during the rut. (Terry Owens Photos)

The whitetail rut can be one of the most exciting times of year, or one of the most frustrating, depending on if your tag has some ink on it by the end. Knowing where to look, how to stalk, or how to call in the clever bucks can mean the difference in a freezer full of venison or an empty spot on the wall. That's why the staff at OutdoorChannel.com pulled together some of the best whitetail rut tips to help hunters capitalize on the rut and enjoy their time in the field.

1. Choosing the Right Stand Location for the Whitetail

Moving away from feedingand bedding areas, setting up on transition lanes could be the key to tagging your buck during the rut. Click here for tip.


2. Strategies for Big, Aggressive Bucks


Bucks have egos? Absolutely! Ever seen a buck with their back hair raised up, ears laid back and walking stiff-legged? These tough guys might think they own the place, the fact is they might be some of the most vulnerable and easy to take this hunting season. Click here for tip.



3. 6 Tips to Beat a Mild-Weather Whitetail Rut

If facing the challengesof a whitetail rut in above-normal temperatures, there are strategies to tiltthe odds back into your favor with a little extra effort. Click here for tip.


4. The Chess Game of Rut Phases

This year, to increase your success in the stand, make sure that you attack each phase of the rut independently. Ultimately, the encounters you have may not be as luck-driven as you originally thought.Click here for tip.



5. 7 Tips for Deer Hunting a Warm, Slow Rut

Warm or cold weather, the rut willhappen; just be ready to change your strategy if you find yourself sweatingwhile hunting in a t-shirt. Click here for tip.


6. How and When to Use a Grunt Call


Don Kisky, an expert Iowa whitetailhunter and host of Whitetail Freaks, relies heavily on grunt calls to bring bigbucks within bow range. Click here for tip.


7. With the Peak of the Rut Coming, Here's WhatYou Need to Know

When whitetail breeding is at its peak,it doesn't necessarily mean you'll see more deer and have a better chance attagging a buck. Click here for tip.


8. Whitetail Hunting Tips to Bag a Smart Buck

When whitetail breeding is at its peak, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll see more deer and have a better chance at tagging a buck. Click here for tip.


9. Whitetail Hunting Strategy: Waterholes ProduceBig

From the warm, early days of the autumnbowhunting season to the frenzied peak of the rut later on in the year, anoften overlooked tactic by some whitetail hunters is that of guarding awaterhole with bow or rifle in. Click here for tip.


10. Use Deer Sign to Understand Whitetail RutStages

Part of being good, consistent whitetail hunter is having the ability to decode thesigns bucks leave behind, understand what it means and use the information toincrease odds for success during the different rut phases of fall. Click here for tip.


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Action and Power Ratings- How to Choose the Right Bass Rod

Action and Power Ratings- How to Choose the Right Bass Rod

Most fishing rods feature both an action and a power rating, but what do those ratings mean and how do you use them to select the right rod for different scenarios? In this video, outdoor writer and tackle specialist Shane Beilue breaks down the difference between a rod blank’s action and power and discusses what the various ratings of each mean.

Hobie MirageDrive 360 Kayak Propulsion: Amazing Control and Power

Hobie MirageDrive 360 Kayak Propulsion: Amazing Control and Power

The Hobie MirageDrive 360 pedal propulsion system is the pinnacle of kayak control with more efficient fin designs, glide technology and allows the boat to be moved in any direction.

Understanding Reel Retrieve Ratios and How it Affects Lure Presentations

Understanding Reel Retrieve Ratios and How it Affects Lure Presentations

Increase a lure’s effectiveness by pairing it with the ideal reel speed.

Hunting Elk with the Ruger Hawkeye Long Range Hunter in 6.5 PRC

Hunting Elk with the Ruger Hawkeye Long Range Hunter in 6.5 PRC

Michael Cassidy and Paul Pluff talk about their elk hunt in New Mexico using the Ruger Hawkeye Long Range Hunter.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Make this venison chorizo recipe and cook it right away or freeze it (cooked or raw) and use it as needed.Venison Chorizo Recipe Wild Game

Venison Chorizo Recipe

Allie Doran - October 30, 2020

Make this venison chorizo recipe and cook it right away or freeze it (cooked or raw) and use...

Get ready to braise ground venison with all the traditional chili ingredients, directly on the grill, for a smokin' hot take on this comfort food classic.Smoked Venison Chili Recipe Wild Game

Smoked Venison Chili Recipe

Eva Shockey - October 16, 2020

Get ready to braise ground venison with all the traditional chili ingredients, directly on the...

It may be 125 years old, but the .30-30 Winchester retains its status thanks to modern loads.Turning .30-30; It's Better Than Ever Ammo

Turning .30-30; It's Better Than Ever

Richard Mann - October 27, 2020

It may be 125 years old, but the .30-30 Winchester retains its status thanks to modern loads.

Here are the 10 most common spinning and baitcaster reel performance problems and how to fix them.10 Most Common Reel Performance Problems Fishing How-To

10 Most Common Reel Performance Problems

Anietra Hamper

Here are the 10 most common spinning and baitcaster reel performance problems and how to fix...

See More Trending Articles

More Hunting How-To

We decided to build such a rifle. Here's how it came together.Precision Plinker: Build a Finely Tuned Rifle for Squirrels Guns

Precision Plinker: Build a Finely Tuned Rifle for Squirrels

Dr. Todd A. Kuhn - November 05, 2020

We decided to build such a rifle. Here's how it came together.

A mock whitetail scrape is easier—and cheaper—than you might think.6 Keys to Making a Mock Scrape Whitetail

6 Keys to Making a Mock Scrape

Dustin Prievo - October 26, 2020

A mock whitetail scrape is easier—and cheaper—than you might think.

Want to bag more squirrels this season? Employ these tips the next time you head to the woods.Small Game Tips: 3 Keys to Bagging More Bushytails Small Game

Small Game Tips: 3 Keys to Bagging More Bushytails

Brad Fitzpatrick - November 03, 2020

Want to bag more squirrels this season? Employ these tips the next time you head to the woods.

Bag more bushytails this season with these shooting and calling techniques.How to Become a Squirrel Sniper Small Game

How to Become a Squirrel Sniper

Larry Case - October 16, 2020

Bag more bushytails this season with these shooting and calling techniques.

See More Hunting How-To

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Game & Fish App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now