The   rut tracking team is in the field and the reports are streaming in, plenty of scrapes and rubs but no rut behavior just yet, the rut meter is still reading a puny 2%. We have a long way to go before we start hunting the rut. We expect the Hunting Page rut meter to steadily climb but for now it is staying put, some early scrapes and rubs and scrapes won’t move the meter, neither will a few young bucks pushing each other around in a food plot, after 25 years of watching the rut develop The Hunting Page rut tracking team knows the difference between a bunch of “soft sign” and the rut we are waiting for.  Right now, it is all about food in the deer woods, acorns and apples are everywhere and food plots are in full production, this week it’s all about hunting food. Don’t waste your time hunting scrapes and rubs or anything else associated with testosterone driven bucks. The deer woods are full of food and that’s where the smart hunters are spending their time, most of the scrapes are visited after dark and you are probably looking at last week’s rubs. Spend your time patterning bucks, find where beds and what he is having for dinner, pattern his travel patterns and be there when he shows up. Right now, deer hunting is all about food.

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Jason Ashe
Jason Ashe is an avid whitetail deer enthusiast and avid hunter from the finger lakes region of New York. A full time social media specialist in the outdoor industry and habitat specialist with Mid-Lakes Whitetails, Jason has been featured in such publications as Quality Whitetails numorouse times and been paired with hunting greats in Outdoor Life for his knowledge and passion for hunting mature deer. Turkeys, Coyotes also top the list of game that Jason pursues in any down time he has from whitetails. He consideres himself lucky to have whitetails and hunting be a part of everyday life. His wife Laura also shares in his passions along with their 2 children.