During the pre-rut bucks are:
a) establishing breeding rights.
b) focused on eating as much as possible to prepare for the chase.
c) infertile and couldn’t breed a doe even if they found one receptive.
d) leaving bedding areas only at night.
One of the main signs that the pre-rut has begun is:
a) bucks actually bird-dogging does.
b) seeing the first new scrapes of the season.
c) complete shed of velvet from antlers.
d) the first frost in your hunting area.
Bigger bucks tend to become _________ in the pre rut.
c) worn out
The pre-rut is the best period to:
a) still hunt.
b) clash rattling horns in an attempt to draw bucks in.
c) hunt from ground blinds.
d) use food-based attractant scents where legal.
Typically mature bucks will circle downwind when responding to a hunter’s rattling / grunting sequence.
During the pre-rut period, the frequency of _________ checking often increases and becomes the most useful in providing ideas of buck travel.
A _________ is a terrain situation in a whitetails’ range that narrows his travel options, often a number one consideration for hunters when hanging stands during the pre-rut.
a) draw leading from highlands to river bottoms
b) funnel or pinch point
c) caveat or crevice
d) chiller or thriller
The pre-rut is classified as the:
a) last couple weeks before the primary rut, just before does begin to come into estrus.
b) period beginning as soon as hard antlers are formed.
c) week surrounding the last full moon before actual rut kicks in.
d) very best time to catch bucks moving at mid-day.
Hunters can pattern bucks in the pre-rut by focusing on the location of:
a) soft mast trees and bushes.
b) corn or soybean fields.
c) rubs and scrapes, revealing a buck’s travel route to its feeding area.
d) any cover that will attract and hold does.
It is best to set up your stand as close to a scrape as possible.
a) True, the closest you can position your stand the better, to have the best shot when a buck visits the scrape.
b) False, instead position your stand 75-150 yards away in cover to intercept a circling buck scent-checking the sign.
The pre-rut is often considered the optimum time to get a crack at a monster buck, because:
a) bucks will respond readily to rattling.
b) bucks become more active in the daylight hours.
c) this period offers somewhat predictable buck travel.
d) all of these are conditions for optimum time to harvest a buck.