PADNWS-10-29-22 ODRS DEER RUT - PHOTO

Before whitetails can couple up to make babies, there can be a good deal of desperate seeking and chasing involved.

Gentlemen deer are beginning to see lady whitetails differently about now.

As a result of the changing photo period, autumn’s shortening allotment of daylight, whitetails are slipping into their annual reproductive phase. This time of raging hormones and uncharacteristic deer behavior is what we know as the rut.

Steve Vantreese is a freelance outdoors writer. Email outdoors news items to outdoors@paducahsun.com or phone 270-575-8650.