Stuck in a Rut | WhitetailDNA Journal

By Alex Comstock 

Sweet November - you've been missed. November brings a magical time of the year in the whitetail woods. And let me tell you, I'll need some of that magic - bad. This month will bring the rut, and lately I've been stuck in a rut of my own. 

It seems throughout the last week, every day is different, but ultimately there is the same outcome. I hunt - see does and young bucks - notice more and more sign showing up everywhere - check cameras, and every mature buck is still moving during the middle of the night. It is utterly frustrating. To a degree, it's what you'd expect for this time of the year, but with the amount of trail cameras I run, and the amount of hunting I have done, I would like to see a little daylight activity by now. 

Going Forward: I usually take the first week of November off of work, and to be honest I don't show up to many of my classes (oops). But instead of pressing on this week, I'm going to take a different approach. I'll go to class the rest of the week and work - no hunting. Friday I'm headed back to Minnesota to hunt for a couple days, and then when I get home Sunday, I'll hit it hard next week here in North Dakota. Hopefully by then, the rut has broken open, and I'll see some daylight movement. 

I love the look of this setup. Placed a trail camera over a fresh scrape yesterday morning here, and will be back to hunt it on Tuesday. 

I love the look of this setup. Placed a trail camera over a fresh scrape yesterday morning here, and will be back to hunt it on Tuesday. 

I hung two trail cameras yesterday on a small tract that is secluded (one pictured above), and it doesn't look like much from aerial maps. It was torn up with sign, and some of the rubs I saw were as high of a rub that I've seen in my life. Tall rubs excite me more than big rubs, because I know it was more than likely a big deer. Tuesday after class I'm heading in there with a stand on my back and sitting the whole day. Until then - sweet November, please work your magic.