Southern Rut Heat Map

Make your planning, e-scouting, and time in the field as informed and productive as possible with the Southern Rut Layer.

What is the Southern Rut Heat Map? 

Trying to describe the southern rut for a particular state can be as simple as naming the first couple weeks of November. It can also be as complicated as beginning in October in one area and ending in December—or even January—in another. We want to make your planning, e-scouting, and hunting time as informed and productive as possible, so we’ve worked with the National Deer Association and state agencies to provide a heat map of the existing data so you can spend more time on stand during the rut.

Predict When the Rut Will Be On in Your Neck of the Woods

Being a paying member of onX Hunt gets you access to the exciting new Southern Rut Layer Heat Map, which is the best scientifically-backed rut info in the country.  We help take the guesswork out of the rut and make it easy to know those special days to be in a tree or box stand. Rather than randomly searching the web for where to go and the best days to be there, use the Southern Rut Layer Heat Map to see where the rut is hot. Then, use other onX Hunt Layers like public/private boundaries, the Topo Basemap, or the Hybrid Basemap (satellite imagery overlaid with topo lines) to do your initial scouting.  With onX Hunt, you can know when to be in a tree and what the weather will be so you can find some likely spots to hang your stand.  All that’s left is to mark “Your X” with a Waypoint, put boots on the ground, and make some lasting memories.

Scientific Data From the Source

We’ve done the legwork of compiling the best info out there about the crazy patchwork that is the “Southern Rut” from states that have tested, gathered, and made public their findings.  This info comes from state whitetail biologists, wildlife coordinators, field staff, and others. 

Consider this info from the MDWFP (Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks):

“The Wildlife Bureau Technical Staff, with the assistance of a multitude of conservation officers, have been conducting deer health checks at specific sites within Mississippi for more than twenty years. From this information, we have been able to calculate the mean or average breeding date from a multitude of deer populations. We have found breeding dates to vary significantly from one region of the state to another. For example, the average breeding date in extreme SE Mississippi may be five weeks later than in some regions of the Mississippi Delta.” – MDWFP   

At first glance, it may seem odd, but some state information represented in this map is even connected to insurance companies.

Why insurance companies? Because when the bucks are cruising and chasing, the insurance claims come rolling in! Biologists have found a very specific correlation between deer / car accidents and the rut. So, whether this map helps you avoid night-time driving during the rut or fuels your desire to be up before the sun heading to your favorite stand, this is the map for you.


Why is there only a Southern Rut Heat Map? What about other regions?

The southern whitetail rut varies widely within each state—and sometimes within individual counties. We want to make the peak rut dates across the region more digestible and more discoverable.

Why are only some southern states displayed in the Layer?

We worked with the National Deer Association and numerous state agencies to gather and input this data. We will continue to expand the Southern Rut Heat Map Layer and add more states as we are able to collect accurate, up-to-date data.

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How to Access onX Southern Rut Heat Map

Open your Layer Library
Locate the Hunt Folder, then tap the Southern Rut Heat Map Layer
Tap “Add to My Layers and Turn On”
The Layer will be added to your “My Layers” panel and will be turned on
Tap the Southern Rut Heat Map Layer to find more information

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