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Rut Phases
The rut … that magical time of the year for which all bowhunters live. Whether it’s the aggressive, sign-posting time of the prerut, the tongue-hanging-out ignore-everything chase and lock-down phase of the rut, or the try-to-find-leftover-does activity of the post rut, I couldn’t live without it. I’ve often said that if I couldn’t be out in the woods during the rut, it was only because someone had chained me down. During this phase, the bucks are putting down and re-establishing all the sign they can, particularly rubs and scrapes. They’re displaying tons of aggression, telling the less dominant bucks who is the boss. Because of all the sign-making activity, the prerut is the best time to hunt rub and scrape lines. Hunt the travel corridors that have the most sign or historically have sign placed on them. When hunting those leading to bedroom or feeding areas, set up some distance from either area, not right on top. This enables you to intercept the buck while it’s ma... More

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Ken Piper / Buckmasters Editor

Ken Piper

Buckmasters editor Ken Piper grew up hunting whitetails with his father, uncles and cousins on public land in Blair County, Pennsylvania. He earned a journalism degree from Penn State in 1987 and joined the Buckmasters team in 2000. "Thanks to Buckmasters, I’ve hunted some of the best places in the country, but I’ll never forget that public-land, blue-collar hunters are the heart of our sport," he says. "Hopefully we can all remember the simple joy of taking any deer and spending time with friends and family. That’s what I strive for in the pages of Buckmasters."

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