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Nov. / Dec. 2023: Volume 34, Number 8

Top 10 Rut Tips

Time-tested tactics to tag out!

Petersen's Bowhunting - Nov. / Dec. 2023 Issue
(George Barnett photo)

The rut is chaos. Trying too hard to make sense of it all will confuse you and may even make you a less effective bowhunter. Luck will always play a role in your success, but when you play the odds and focus on the factors that are predictable, luck will find you a whole lot sooner.

These are common-sense strategies for hunting the rut. Don't overthink it. The bucks have a very basic goal — they are looking for hot does. As long as you keep finding ways to get in front of them, while keeping all the deer from knowing that you are hunting, you will have a great seasons. Here are 10 tips to help you find success this season.

More Inside This Issue:

Tremendous Trophies

The sensational stories behind four of last season's biggest, bow-killed bucks. (Jeff Vander Heiden photo)

Counting Blessings in Coues Country

Big buck encounters highlight annual Arizona bowhunting excursion. ( photo)

Scout More. Hunt Less.

Tread lightly to score a late-season buck. (Mark Raycroft photo)

Third Time's a Charm

E-scouting leads to Kansas bowhunting success on third try. (Brodie Swisher photo)

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