2015 Rut Predictions
Welcome to the Outdoor Entrepreneurs 2015 Rut Predictions!
As you sit there, your trophy buck is gearing up for another year of whitetail chaos, and we both know you’re itching to get after him. So let’s dissect your traditional rut theories and break it down to what you need to know.
Rut Theory Breakdown
Throughout the years I’ve spent many October’s reading rut predictions and theories. Many of them claim to have the answer to what influences whitetail rut activity. One of the most popular in the recent years has been Moon Phase. Here’s what you need to know. Years of research conducted by whitetail biologists studying its influence on whitetail rut activity have concluded that there is no direct correlation between the two. In fact, their research found that rut activity takes place in the same areas at nearly the same time every year, regardless of Moon Phase. The only factor they found to trigger a deviation in this pattern was Weather.
I think as humans we tend to overcomplicate and analyze situations. I suggest adhering to the old KISS acronym before doing so, Keep It Simple Stupid.
I believe Moon Phase is another example of us overcomplicating things. I’ve experienced Moon Phases having influence on nighttime movement and feeding patterns, but nothing more. In my opinion Weather is the most important factor in triggering and predicting rut activity. When it’s cold deer move – period. Annually, during the last two weeks of October and beginning of November, we experience a “Shift” in temperature and sporadic cold fronts. These are what you should be looking for. Pay special attention to multiple days of high temperatures followed by significant temperature drops. These cold fronts will kick off pre-rut activity and subsequently the rut.
Here’s An Example of A Weekend Cold Front Moving In.
My 2015 Northeast Rut Predictions
Pre-Rut Predictions (Dates, Temperatures, & When To Hunt)
Morning Hunt – Previous Night’s Low of 38 Degrees
Evening Hunt – Night Low of 37 Degrees
Morning Hunt – Previous Night’s Low of 37 Degrees
Evening Hunt – Night Low of 32 Degrees
Rut Predictions (Dates, Temperatures, & When To Hunt)
November 6th – 13th:
Morning & Evening Hunts – Night Lows Averaging 32 Degrees
Peak Rut Predictions (Dates, Temperatures, & When To Hunt)
Morning Hunt – Previous Night’s Low of 32 Degrees
Evening Hunt – Night Low of 31 Degrees
Morning Hunt – Previous Night’s Low of 31 Degrees
Evening Hunt – Night Low of 35 Degrees
November 11th – 13th:
Morning & Evening Hunts – Night Lows Averaging 29 Degrees
We Want To Hear Your Thoughts and Success Stories!
We welcome you to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Also, please share any successful hunts you have on any of the above dates. Remember, don’t bet it all on Moon Phases. Instead – follow the cold fronts!
Until Next Time….Hunt Hard!