Rut Map: best days to hunt the rut in the United States by region

Data Driven Regional Rut Predictions for 2016

Legendary Whitetails 10.27.2016

A rut activity prediction based on actual hunter data? Say it ain’t so!  With plenty of Rut Predictions out there for every theory, we’re excited to share with you one that’s backed by actual hunter data in our first annual “Data Driven Regional Rut Predictions”.  Legendary Whitetails has teamed up with the Quiver Hunting App to provide a groundbreaking analysis as to when you should really be hunting the rut in your area.  Using data from 2015 that was logged in the App by hunters across the country, we can accurately display the peak activity levels for each region and state.

If you believe the rut occurs at the same time every year (just take a peek at the QDMA data), this data should be gold!  It’s no surprise that November is “THE MONTH” around the country, but the weekly differences are intriguing.  Check out the results below and download the Quiver Hunting App for free so you can hunt smarter and help contribute to the aggregate data pool for years to come.


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What is Quiver?

The Quiver Hunting App was built for the whitetail hunting fanatic who wants to improve their chances in the deer woods. This hunting app allows you to track your hunts with a few taps of your finger – similar to a hunting journal, only much easier to do from the stand. The app also provides and logs hunting specific weather data that helps you make better decisions on when and where to hunt.  Click here to learn more.

The Study

In order to provide an accurate display of peak regional activity, the Quiver team started to research the 2015 hunting logs. From there, we worked to find the peak deer activity levels from each state, which were determined by measuring the “average # of deer seen per hunt”.  Since many of us hunters take an extended vacation to hunt the rut, we took it a bit further and determined the best overall 7-day period to hunt.  In the end, we used weighted averages determined by the number of hunts logged in each state and placed states into specific regions to bolster the data sets since 2015 was the preliminary year for hunters to use the Quiver Hunting App.


*** RESULTS BY REGION ***

(It’s important to note that all of the data is reported in aggregate. No individual hunter data or locations are shared. The Quiver team does not share any individual hunting data.)


The Great Plains

Peak Deer Activity: November 6 – November 12

best deer activity in the great plains states

States: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma


The Great Lakes

Peak Deer Activity: November 12 – November 18

best deer activity in the great lakes states

States: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan


The Heartland

Peak Deer Activity: November 9 – November 15

best deer activity in the heartland

States: Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana


The East

Peak Deer Activity: November 10 – November 16

best deer activity in the east

States: Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina


The Northeast

Peak Deer Activity: November 6 – November 12

Rut Map: best deer activity in the northeast

States: Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland


The Southeast

Peak Deer Activity: November 18 – November 24

Rut Map: best deer activity in the northeast

States: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida


The Lone Star State

Peak Deer Activity: November 21- November 27

Rut Map: best deer activity in Texas

States:  Texas


We’re super excited to continue researching and analyzing trends produced by hunters with the help of the team over at Quiver. As more and more hunters use this mobile hunting log to track their hunts, the more interesting and powerful the insights on deer movement become. With 2015 being the inaugural year of Quiver, it will be interesting to compare these trends moving forward from year to year. Download the app for free today from iTunes and help to contribute data on future deer movement trends.


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