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Marc Anthony of Goodfield owns and operates Look Alive Taxidermy and Non Typical Hunter magazine. Anthony grew up in central Illinois and spent eight years as a commercial pilot before giving that up to spend more time with his wife Jan and three children, Victoria, Drake and Elesa. Anthony hunted on and off as a child but started seriously at age 30 and focuses on bowhunting for deer and turkeys. He's arrowed four bucks that meet the Boone and Crockett Club (net) standards and 20 Pope and Young Club qualifiers. Anthony is on the Pro Staff for Muzzy broadheads, Bear Archery, Vital Gear, Natural Predator, Non Typical Hunter and several other companies. He also is a member of the Outdoor writers Association of America, OWAA.

 

Non-typical Hunter

A Web log by Marc Anthony

Second rut!

December 11, 2009 at 05:31 PM

Sorry for the long distances between posts! Was in Texas last week and in Wisconsin for the Mathews show this week and finally back home. I’m scrambling to get business affairs in order in addition to catching up with my son’s wrestling tournaments and my daughters cheerleading. Sometimes it seems like it never ends!

Anyway, I had the rut timed as being peaked out on the 10th and the 11th of November, so the second rut should be here now if my calculations are correct. It won’t last long, so be prepared for it. It makes hunting fun again, especially after a slow gun season. With the weekend here, the timing may be just right. If your out hunting, be sure to watch for the muzzle loader hunters! The weather should be good, so hunt it hard as you’ll never know when you’ll see a buck chasing a doe. After this second rut is over, be prepared to hunt the food sources again! There are some hungry bucks out there just dying to get some weight back on after running for several weeks without eating.

I’m going to start my final phase of bow hunting next week and concentrate on heavy cover in the daylight hours and the food sources in the morning and evening hours. One thing you may want to remember when setting up is the fact that deer almost ALWAYS bed next to a solid food source this time of year. They don’t want to move great distances for several reasons: First, predators are more aggressive during the winter months. Second, they want to conserve their energy and third, they’ve been pressured so much, they want to keep their movement down to a minimum. Other than that, play the wind carefully, find fresh sign of activity and chances are, you find a great place to ambush some deer.

If anyone’s seeing any signs of this second rut, let us know!

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