2016 Whitetail Rut Dates

Predicting the 2016 Whitetail Rut Dates

Thank you for reading The Whitetail Shooters Big Buck Blog. I hope this article about the 2016 whitetail rut dates helps you plan your hunt and take the biggest whitetail of your life! The intention of this article is to answer the following questions; when is the whitetail rut, when will be the 2016 peak breeding dates, and what should be the best days to hunt in 2016?

I realize that many hunters and biologists say that moon phases and position have no effect on whitetail rut dates. However, if this were true then why are so many people, hunters and fisherman in particular, putting so much emphasis on fish and game solunar tables? These tables are listed in many sporting publications and newspapers, they are on our GPS, our watches, and there are even solunar table phone apps. This all attests to their popularity.

Also, there are many biologists who argue that the moon does have an effect on the peak Whitetail breeding dates, and in particular, the 2016 whitetail rut date predictions. For example, the popular “Whitetail Calendar and Rut Predictions”, produced by Deer & Deer Hunting, is based on information gathered by wildlife biologist Wayne Laroche and partner Charles Alsheimer. In part, they had this to say about their whitetail rut predictions;

“Sunlight and moonlight provide environmental cues that set, trigger and synchronize breeding. The second full moon after the autumn equinox is believed to trigger the peak in rutting activity.”

According to their predictions the entire rut and peak breeding are determined by the moon.

Highly respected Biologist Dr. James Kroll is a firm believer in rut timing being consistent with moon phase, and in particular, peak breeding dates being triggered by the second full moon after the autumn equinox. This corresponds with Biologist Laroche’s theory. Dr. Kroll had this to say;

“There is a correlation between the full moon and the peak whitetail rut. In a healthy deer herd the peak of the rut tends to occur three to five days after the full moon.”

One more thing; hunting is very calculated when your biggest decision is to choose what food plot to hunt over. Moon phases and breeding dates don’t carry near the significance when it becomes a choice of WHERE to hunt rather than WHEN to hunt. There are many top hunters of old, the old schoolers that we revere today, guys like David Morris, Dick Idol, Myles Keller, Roger Rothhaare, Gene & Barry Wensel, Hal Blood, Larry Benoit. These guys knew and understood the importance of moon phases and timing, and they planed their trips and hunts accordingly. David Morris and Dick Idol in particular have complete trophy walls that were filled on the premise of “three days after the full moon” theory. This was happening long before food plots ever became popular and were considered a hunting strategy. When you spend several thousand dollars a years on hunting trips, you want to make sure you’re booking the best dates. These guys knew what they were doing and knew how to interpret the moon phases and scheduled accordingly based on that information.

Let’s take a look at the moon phases and dates so we can predict the timing of the 2016 Whitetail Rut Dates. The following graph shows moon phase dates for the months of September through December 2016.

2016 Whitetail Rut Dates
Basing the 2016 Whitetail Rut Dates according to the monthly moon phases.

2016 whitetail rut dates

2016 whitetail rut dates
Solunar Tables predict a slow first week in November which will mean the 2016 whitetail rut dates will occur later.

By the second week of November things will change dramatically. As you can see by the Solunar Tables, both the major and minor activity times fall within daylight hours. This should be a spectacular week to hunt as the chase phase will really be kicking into high gear. Rattling, calling, and decoys should be hot tickets during this week of the 2016 whitetail rut dates.

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The November 6-12 Solunar Tables show a ramping up of daylight activity for these 2016 whitetail rut dates.

As you can see within the above moon phase graph, November 14th is the full moon. With this in mind, let’s do a Dr. Kroll forward count of three days, which places us on the 17th. This should be the central date of the 2016 whitetail breeding dates. This means the week of November 14-20 should be the 2016 peak breeding dates in the northern whitetail range. These dates fit perfectly with the northern deer herd where breeding and conception dates are imperative to spring survival of the fawns being born. Any earlier and there is an increased risk of the fawn being born in adverse weather, and any later could see an under developed fawn entering the following winter. Breeding and conception dates are very important for northern Whitetails, and these dates fall within the traditional perfect window of opportunity. The State of Missouri recently published a study where biologist’s back-dated fetuses from late season harvested doe’s. The three year study revealed that the peak breeding date was November 15 with a simple variation of plus or minus one day! This study not only shows the consistency of Whitetail breeding dates, but also reiterates the importance of the traditional 2016 whitetail rut dates.

2016 whitetail rut dates
November 13-19 should be prime time for all day deer activity making this week the best of the 2016 whitetail rut dates.

By the 20th of November the majority of the does will have been bred but there will still be plenty of chasing and cruising by bucks. Hunters have long and consistently reported seeing the biggest buck of their lives during this week, often seen standing in the open with its tongue hanging out from running hard in search of that last remaining doe in estrous. This should be a very good week to hunt hard as the solunar Tables indicate both major and minor activity levels during daylight hours.

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The Solunar Tables for November 20-26 show a traditional morning/evening movement cycle is expected for these 2016 whitetail rut dates.

By the last week of November things have slowed down substantially. Almost all the doe’s have been bred by now and the bucks are looking at post rut recovery. The Solunar Tables indicate this as well. Bucks in recovery will search out quality food and want to feed a couple times a day. Morning, mid-day, and evenings, can be equally good but usually this movement will offer a very short window of opportunity for the hunter. Hunters should look for high quality food sources and plan to hunt all day in order to take advantage of any daylight movement by rut worn bucks.

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The Solunar Tables for November 27-30 show good mid-day movement can be expected for these 2016 whitetail rut dates.

Traditionally, the first two weeks of November offer the best hunting of the year, but that should be different this year. The first week in particular looks to be rather slow, but by the second week things will really start picking up. By the end of the second week the 2016 Whitetail rut will be in full swing. In my opinion, this could be one of the best and most visible rutting seasons we’ve seen in several years.

The Best of the 2016 Whitetail Rut Dates

My predictions for the 2016 Whitetail rut dates and the best days to hunt in 2016 are as follows.

  • Chasing will begin in earnest on November 8th.
  • The peak breeding date will occur on November 17th.
  • The best times to hunt during the 2016 season will be November 10-24
  • Get ready for a traditional Whitetail rut and a great November!

I certainly don’t want to leave out my southern friends and hunters. However, the southern deer herd doesn’t have to be dependent on a specific date or week in order to ensure fawn survival. Things such as blizzards, deep snow, and buried food sources, don’t regularly occur in the south as they do in the northern Whitetail range. Life or death isn’t nearly as weather dependent as it is in the north. Thus the southern Whitetail rut dates are more sporadic and regionally dated. I highly suggest you contact your Department of Natural Resources and speak with a biologist about the peak breeding dates for your area in the south.

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Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded

Six of the Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded

Thank you for reading The Whitetail Shooters Big Buck Blog. The intent of this article is to answer the question, “What are the largest 8 point whitetails ever recorded?”

First and foremost we need to establish the criteria. The information and scoring numbers used for this search are from the Boone & Crockett record book, or in the least, from using the B&C measuring system. All measurements listed are official B&C net scores, in other words, the final number reached after symmetrical and abnormal point deductions, as this number will be the score listed within the record book.

There are many giant 8 point whitetails recorded that do not make the list, this is the elite of the elite. There are always rumors of larger “known” bucks, but until they are given an official score from a certified measurer it is all hearsay. This list is complete with the top five 8 point whitetails that have been officially scored and certified. If there is a bigger 8 point whitetail out there then it has not been officially measured and certified as of this article.

With that being said, here they are in descending order, the top five 8 point whitetails ever recorded including a sixth whitetail that could very possibly be the new world record 8 point.

The Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded: Tied at #’s 4 & 5

Starting our list are two great bucks that are tied in score, and both were once recognized by B&C as being the world record 8 point whitetail. The Vernon Winter buck was taken in 1965 in Hand County, South Dakota. It has a final net score of 180 3/8. Sharing the score and status of former world record 8 point whitetail is a buck taken in 2001 in Michigan’s Hillsdale County by Victor Bulliner. Known as “The Lucky Buck”, the giant 8 point grosses 184 1/8 and has a final net score of 180 3/8.

Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded
Sharing the former world record 8 point whitetail status is the Vernon Winter buck from South Dakota scoring 180 3/8 net inches. No doubt one of the largest 8 point whitetails ever recorded.
Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded
Sharing the former world record 8 point whitetail status is the Victor Bulliner buck from Michigan scoring 180 3/8 net inches. No doubt one of the largest 8 point whitetails ever recorded.

The Largest 8 point Whitetails Ever Recorded: #3

Coming in at number three on our countdown to the world record 8 point whitetail is a beautiful buck taken in Saskatchewan by Allen Colly during the 1993 season. The beautiful 8 point whitetail is considered Canada’s record 4×4 with a final net score of 180 5/8 inches. Information on the location the buck was taken, as well as it’s gross score and measurements were not available at the time of this writing.

Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded
Allen Colly took this great buck in Saskatchewan scoring 180 5/8 net inches, making it one of the largest 8 point whitetails ever recorded

The Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded: #2

The second largest 8 point whitetail ever recorded comes from the State of Iowa. Taken in 1996 by Elisha Hugen, this great 8 point is unofficially the largest 8 point whitetail ever taken by a female hunter. The great buck has a gross typical score of 188 2/8 and an official net score of 182 3/8 inches. Other world class numbers include an inside spread of 23 4/8 inches, it’s right side G2 is 14 7/8 inches tall and the left side G2 stretches to 15 0/8 inches! Unfortunately, quality photographs of the Hugen buck are virtually non existent.

Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded
One of the largest 8 point whitetails ever recorded was taken in Iowa by Elisha Hugen. The big deer is close to being the world record 8 point whitetail at 182 3/8 net inches.
The Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded: #1

The current recognized world record 8 point whitetail comes from the State of Illinois. This great buck was taken in the central part of the State during the 2011 firearms season by Jason Sanders. The antlers on the Sanders buck are built on a pure 4×4 typical frame with a short abnormal point. Check out these numbers; total gross typical is an astounding 192 3/8 inches! The beams are 30 and 32 inches! The G2’s measure 14 and 16 inches, while the G3’s are both 12+ inches each! A respectable inside spread of 22 3/8  inches compliments these world record 8 point antlers. The final official score after deducting symmetry differences and the 1 6/8 inch abnormal point is 183 1/8 inches!

Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded
One of the largest 8 point whitetails ever recorded, the Jason Sanders buck from Illinois is considered the world record 8 point whitetail at 183 1/8 net inches.
Honorable Mention

No conversation about the largest 8 point whitetails ever recorded would be complete without mentioning this great southern deer. Lonnie Copeland took this tremendous buck in Prairie County, Arkansas during the 1992 firearms season. Recently re-scored at 185 7/8 net inches, the Copeland rack has 30-inch main beams and 17-inch G-2s, had not two tine’s (the G4 and G5 on the right main beam) been broken off, we could very possibly be talking about an overall world record typical whitetail. Some people consider the Copeland buck as being the largest 8 point ever recorded, however, a simple explanation could change some opinions.

Although it’s true the Copeland buck is entered as having a 4×4 score sheet, the problem lies within the placement of the mass measurements. A true four point antler receives its fourth circumference half way between the beam tip and the center of the G3. This is quite different from a five point antler receiving its fourth circumference between the G3 and G4, which in almost all cases is going to be upwards of an inch or more BIGGER than the fourth circumference of a true four point. The circumference measurements on the Copeland buck were taken on both beams in the location between the G3 & G4. This placement has increased the overall score by at least two full inches and should, for all practical purposes, not allow the buck to be considered as a true 4×4. It’s still a world class whitetail, but in this writer’s opinion it does not fit the criteria as being a pure 4×4 so it should not have the status as being the world record 8 point whitetail.

Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded
The Lonnie Copeland buck from Arkansas is considered by some as being the largest 8 point ever recorded. However, the deer is actually a 6×5 typical with broken points.
Could This Be The New World Record 8 Point?

***NEW INFORMATION HAS SURFACED WHICH REQUIRED AN UPDATE TO THE FOLLOWING DEER***

Although this giant buck has yet to be entered, or for that matter, Recently officially measured, the Minnesota DNR is reporting the buck to score 190 inches gross and 185 net inches. These numbers, when officially entered, will place the deer at the top of the list for a world record 8 point whitetail. The buck was poached in the southeastern part of the state in 2009. The MNDNR may never enter the deer thus the deer may never receive the true world record recognition it deserves. However, it’s obvious the deer should be recognized as being the largest 8 point whitetail ever recorded.

Largest 8 Point Whitetails Ever Recorded
This buck, poached in Southeast Minnesota in 2009, is the largest 8 point whitetail ever recorded.

I’d like to hear your opinion on what you think about these giant 8 point whitetails. What are your thoughts on the Copeland buck being considered the world record 8 point whitetail? Should the Minnesota buck, being it was poached, be given recognition as being the largest 8 point whitetail ever recorded? Please post your comments and opinions at the bottom of this page in the comments section.

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