The magic 10 days

The chasing phase is aptly named because bucks are doing just that - chasing every doe they encounter. Alsheimer says this phase should be quite noticeable by Nov. 6 and hit its peak around Nov. 11.

The final phase, known as the breeding phase, is marked by less deer activity and less all-out chasing. That's because deer activity during the rut is dictated by the doe, which typically move very little at this time. This phase will occur between Nov. 8-22.

So, how does all this factor into when you should schedule your hunting vacation? Alsheimer answered that question in the September issue of Deer & Deer Hunting.

"For those who only have one week of vacation to hunt, you'll be happy to know there's a sweet spot in the rut, a magic week to 10 days when deer activity is greatest," Alsheimer said.

It is a time when buck activity will be at its peak, with deer rubbing, scraping, fighting, cruising their territory and chasing every doe they see.

In 2009, that magic 10 days will be Nov. 4-13, Alzheimer said.

Next week, I'll discuss how certain techniques and calls can help spell success during the three phases of the Adirondack rut.

John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications and an avid outdoorsman.

On a side note - am I the only one who finds it peculiar that Vermont's DEC Commissioner is a wildlife biologist and life-long hunter and ours is a career politician from Manhattan who got the job as a political kick-back? Welcome to the Empire State!

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