Oh Deer, The Rut Is Here!

'Dusk and the early morning hours, you really need to be alert'

Larry Richert and John Shumway
October 19, 2018 - 10:21 am


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020) - The start of the rut is here.

Dan Puhala, Allegheny County Game Commissioner, joined KDKA Radio on Friday to talk about the rut and what people need to know about it.

He first tells Larry and John why deer are attracted to each other this time of the year.

“It’s the mating season for white-tailed deer. As the days start to get shorter, the testosterone levels go up in the male dale. The female deer go into estrus,” Puhala said.

During this period, both sexes put a smell into the air. He explains why male deer do this;  

“The scent is to let a doe know that a mature buck is in the area. There’s also some thought that it might be to try to ward off any other younger bucks wanting to intrude on that territory.”

A buck will also lose a lot of weight pursuing doe.

It is important for people to understand that more deer will be out and about for the next month.

“Especially at dusk and the early morning hours. You really need to be alert,” Puhala added.

Be vigilant when you are driving to, and home from work.

“One of the big mistakes people make is when they see one deer cross the road, their eyes follow that deer,” Puhala tells KDKA Radio.

“There’s usually another one behind it, and that’s the one that will get you.”

Statewide archery season also just began, so a person can shoot a buck or doe with archery equipment and a hunting license.

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