THE STRATE­GIST

if your rut-hunt plan re­volves around the moon, you’ll love the fall of 2017

Outdoor Life - - HUNTING -

N ow, if you’re one of those hunters with a lit­tle more flex­i­bil­ity when it comes to sched­ul­ing your rut hunts and have an in­ter­est in dig­ging a lit­tle deeper into rut the­o­ries, here’s your next step: Keep in mind the afore­men­tioned pho­tope­riod in­sights and then add in the po­ten­tial im­pacts of the moon and an­nual pat­terns.

More than 20 years ago, New York out­door writer and pho­tog­ra­pher Charles Al­sheimer and Penn­syl­va­nia com­mis­sioner of wildlife Wayne Laroche be­gan a study that con­tin­ues to cap­ti­vate the deer-hunt­ing com­mu­nity. Their re­search was aimed at track­ing and un­der­stand­ing the tim­ing of the rut by an­a­lyz­ing mul­ti­ple data points, such as cardeer col­li­sions, trail cam pho­tos, air tem­per­a­ture, weather fronts, moon phase, and in-per­son ob­ser­va­tion. What they found, con­trary to many

two south­east­ern wis­con­sin bucks fight for dom­i­nance in a tama­rack swamp.

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