Time to trade in the deer rifle for the big cameraun
The peak of the Sitka blacktail rut in Southeast Alaska
Highlights from 1 camera
Not only is he a stud, but he’s a poser too.
Hunting was kind of slow and there wasn’t much activity during the last 4 days on the 5 cameras I checked so either rut is winding down early or there just weren’t any does in heat in this spot and most of the bucks were prowling elsewhere which seems more likely because the peak of the rut usually lasts until at least the 17th before it fades and the bucks start spending most of their time trying to put back on some of the weight they lost chasing does over the last month before winter sets in for real.
After struggling to see any deer in October (did call in one big guy that won the encounter) November has been good. I’ve seen 9 bucks since the 1st. Sitting for an hour or more at a time (mainly until my butt is frozen or I’m running out of daylight) sometimes calling softly some times just being quiet has worked for me on these high pressure Ketchikan area deer.