The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


November 10, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Use results to plan your hunt


Rut update

Since I’m retired and able to be in the woods more than past years, still not as much as I’d like to be, I can now give you my observations as to what’s happening rut wise.

All I’ve got to say so far is OOPS! I was kinda off on the rut, at least in the area I hunt. Janie and I went out last Tuesday and oh what a sight to see. Bucks chasing doe willy-nilly all over the woods, what a deer-huntin’ rush!

As Janie was getting into her stand, she didn’t even have her bow up yet and a nice buck, at least for our area, came running past her hot on the trail of a hell bent I’m not ready yet doe running in front of him. She radioed me and told me to be on the look out for a rut crazed, snot snortin’, fire-breathing buck chasing a poor bewildered doe. I pulled my bow up and was ready.

We pretty much sat the rest of the day without any activity until 5:02 pm when boom, the woods exploded. Here came that poor damsel in distress with her suitor not far behind. They were zigging and zagging their way toward me at a high rate of speed.

I said to myself, “Not this time, Bubba, baaa, baaa”. That’s my poor rendition of a bleat with my mouth, but it worked — they stopped. Well kinda… about 75 yards out in front of me, oh what a heartbreaker. Not enough Kentucky windage on my bleat.

As I sat there and watched the show of all shows, she would zig and he would zag, she would stop, he’d stop and crouch with a wanton stare at her. She would jump and take off a few yards and he’d be in hot pursuit.

I sat in total amazement for better than 30 minutes watching what most hunters never get to see in a lifetime of hunting, OMG what a high! All I can say is to quote Uncle Si, “It’s on like Donkey Kong.”

It’s happening, get out there and enjoy it, it won’t last that long.

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