Data Driven Regional Rut Predictions for 2017

AJ Gall

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 second annual “Data-Driven Regional Rut Predictions”.  Once again, 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 2016 that was logged in the App by hunters across the country, we can accurately display the peak deer 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 as peak activity should correlate with the timing of the rut!  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 deer and turkey 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.  Check out the Quiver Hunting App to learn more.

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The Study

In order to provide an accurate display of peak regional activity, the Quiver team researched the 2016 hunting logs. From there, we worked to find the peak deer activity levels from each state (reported by hunters), 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 as they relate regionally as well.

2016 Rut Predictions


(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 14 – November 20

Best week to hunt the rut in the midwest in 2017


North Dakota: November 11 – 17

South DakotaNovember 3 – 9

Nebraska: October 28 – November 3

Kansas: November 14 – 20

Oklahoma: November 19 – 25

The Great Lakes

Peak Deer Activity: November 9 – November 15

Best week to hunt the rut in the midwest in 2017


Minnesota: November 21 – 27

Wisconsin: November 9 – 15

Michigan: December 2 – 8 – Note: this was an interesting discovery as peak activity was much later than the expected breeding season.

The Heartland

Peak Deer Activity: November 9 – November 15

Best week to hunt the rut in the midwest in 2017


Iowa: November 3 – 9

Missouri: November 7 – 13

Illinois: November 10 – 16

Indiana: November 8 – 14

The East

Peak Deer Activity: November 12 – November 18

Best week to hunt the rut in the East in 2017


Ohio: November 11 – 17

Kentucky: November 17 – 23

Tennessee: November 20 – 26

West Virginia: November 20 – 26

Virginia: November 14 – 20

North Carolina: November 14 – 20

The Northeast

Peak Deer Activity: November 16 – November 22

Best week to hunt the rut in the Northeast in 2017


Pennsylvania: November 16 – 22

New York: October 22 – 28

Maryland: November 12 – 18

Connecticut: November 3 – 9

New Jersey: November 20 – 26

Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Delaware: Data sets too thin to make assumptions

The Southeast

Peak Deer Activity: December 15 – December 21

Best week to hunt the rut in the Southeast in 2017


Arkansas: November 8 – 14

Louisiana: November 19 – 25

Mississippi: November 23 – 29

Alabama: December 23 – 29

Georgia: December 10 – 16

South Carolina: December 6 -12

Florida: January 19 – 25

The Lone Star State

Peak Deer Activity: November 22- November 28

Best week to hunt the rut in Texas in 2017


Texas: November 22 – 28

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 contribute data on future deer movement trends.

Compare with the 2015 Hunter Data.

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About The Author
From Woods to Table

AJ Gall

AJ Gall's prior hunting and wildlife experiences began long ago and make him the perfect contributing deer hunting guru.  As a habitat consultant under Dr. Grant Woods, AJ has worked on properties in 13 different states, amassing over 25,000 acres of quality deer management. He now uses that knowledge to help clients find their dream hunting properties as a licensed real estate agent in Wisconsin.  

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