How To Hunt The Whitetail Rut


Navigate the Whitetail Rut

I'm really excited to bring you our third installment in our Web Class Series: How To Hunt The Whitetail Rut. Hunting all 6 phases of the annual whitetail rut can be highly successful with effective scouting, stand setup and mature buck hunting practices. Once the forecast, tracking and strategy of the whitetail rut has been completed, it is time to forecast the best days to hunt during the rut and then hit the woods! The bucks will be ready - but will you?I am thankful that you are considering this class to guide you on the path towards becoming a more consistently successful rut hunter, for the rest of your life.By the end of this web class, you will have learned the knowledge necessary to navigate not only the 7-10 day peak rut, but the entire 45 day window of rut opportunity.

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Learn from an innovator in Whitetail Hunting Strategies since 1986

Featuring 10 online video lessons in over 3 hours of video grouped into 3 modules. You will learn:
- All original, whitetail rut tactics and strategies that are actually effective in the real world, anywhere a whitetail roams
- That the rut offers 45 days of hunting opportunity
- What playing poker in the rut woods means for whitetails
- When the rut begins and ends, including the incredible 2nd rut and 3rd rut
- Tactics to navigate the rut weather rollercoaster
- What the rut timeline is and how to hunt all 6 phases of the rut
- How to score the sit to maximize an entire high value day of rut hunting opportunity through defined morning and evening stand locations
- What Calls to use during the rut and at which time

... and much, much more!


Your Instructor

Jeff Sturgis takes decades of pursuing his passion, and then professionally transfers those pursuits into the enhancement of his client’s, reader's and viewer's hunting and habitat experiences, across the entire country. Jeff prides himself in creating the healthiest free-ranging deer herds in the world of whitetails, as well as taking on the challenge of hunting the oldest bucks in the neighborhood. Jeff has been able to create, own, operate and build a successful business in the whitetail industry by focusing on the teachings of his advanced whitetail strategies, since 2005.Jeff received the QDMA's Deer Manager of the Year award in 2004, and hasn't stopped learning since. After studying and creating over 1500 whitetail videos and articles, as well as working on over 1100 client lands and counting across 26 whitetail states, Jeff is in a league of his own when it comes to the ability to design your advanced habitat, herd and hunt opportunities - anywhere a whitetail roams!

Hey Jeff. You are fantastic at what you do, I think i speak for a lot of people when I say, Jeff is doing what he was meant to in life!

The only thing that is frustrating about watching your videos is I am going to have to wait another 6 months to apply a lot of what I have learned.! Keep it up!

Never get tired of hearing from my deer hunting coach! ☺ I hope you get one or two of those Monsters!

You just changed my perceptions again. Huge step up for me. Thanks for this info.

Jeff, you have the best deer hunting advice on YouTube. I always watch your videos. I can’t wait to try some of these tactics this year.

Rock solid knowledge. I consider everything you preach about lol. I’m sure you hear it all the time but you’re very knowledgeable on the white tail!

Thanks for the advice. I have lots of work to do. But next year hopefully I can implement all of your information.

This is a great channel. Each video is so informative.

Even though my land tract is small, I can still employ the design tactics covered in Jeff's book with a reasonable amount of success. A must have!
—Dennis B

Unsurpassed Knowledge! If you're a serious whitetail hunter, take it to the next level with Jeff's in depth knowledge that can only be learned years experience.
—Brennen N

Course Curriculum

1. Incredible Whitetail Rut Opportunities
45 Days of Rut Opportunity! (07:07)
Playing Poker In The Rut Woods (18:34)
When The Rut Begins (16:57)
The Incredible 2nd Rut (12:31)
2. How To Track And Hunt The Rut
Rut Timeline-How To Hunt Each Phase (26:50)
When To Hunt Core or Non Core Bucks (14:01)
Rut Weather Rollercoaster (16:34)
3. Whitetail Rut Sit Management
The Morning Sit Advantage (31:21)
All Day Rut Sit Management (14:34)
What Calls To Use During the Rut (25:20)

Rut bonuses

PLUS: Exclusive bonuses worth $120 for the Whitetail Rut Class!

Exclusive WHS Hat

Most deer hunters love hats, and we know you will enjoy this exclusive, high quality hat made exclusively for this web class! Hopefully you will want to collect them all!

$30 Value

50 % OFF an Elite membership to the HuntWise App

Includes the HuntCast hunting prediction algorithm that Jeff developed after decades of experience and success.

-$60 Value

A signed hard copy of Jeff's book, All Weather Whitetails

Your copy of All Weather Whitetails will be personally signed by Jeff and mailed to your shortly after your purchase.
a $30 Value

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

What do I need to access the course?

If you have an Internet connection and a modern web browser, you'll be able to view the content.

Can I download the course for offline use?

Not at this time but please let us know if this is something you need. We might be able to make accommodations due to your circumstances (eg spotty/slow Internet, plane trip, etc.).

Is the course available on other formats (eg DVD, audio only).

Not at this time. However, please let us know if this is something you would find useful.

Are there closed-captions / transcript available?

Not yet, but please let us know so we can make accommodations.

What if I am unhappy with the course? Is there any refunds?

If you are unsatisfied, please let us know so we can address your concern.

I purchased the class—how do I login?

After you purchase the class, you will be prompted to create a password to this website and setup your account. If you forgot your password please try resetting it.

What Others Are Saying

Just finished my first on line class... I can imagine some guys saying I've read the books, I've watched the videos, I may have been on a designed property before...I don't need the class, what could I possibly gain from it...well...I've read the books 5 or 6 times each, watched the videos multiple times, been on your designed properties and been on properties with you’s much like when you tell us about how you will surpass a 1000 clients this year...the more you hear, see and do...the more your eyes and mind put all the pieces of the puzzle together. Too often people look for or expect too much....if you can't learn just one thing each time you read a book, watch a video, walk your need to remove your blinders!

Bruce M

First off thanks for all the videos and posts that you have made. I read them all. But a special thanks is in order for your article last week. You talked about hunting the cold front Saturday. Well you convinced me enough to drive 2 hours to my parents hunting land to hunt. On a typical year I wouldn't have started hunting until mid October. But back to my story.

It's Saturday night and I'm in my stand by 5pm. By 6:30 I had already seen 6 different bucks. No shooters or at least not what I was looking for. About 7pm that monster buck came out. Just like you predicted. We had pictures of this buck, and so did the surrounding properties. So how lucky I feel, to have gotten this buck; it is still overwhelming! I know that if I wouldn't have seen your message about hunting Saturday, I wouldn't have been in the woods."

Nick B

Since watching Jeff’s videos and reading his articles, I’ve completely changed the way I think and strategize my habitat work. As I’ve taken on his strategies as my own, I have learned to transition my hunting properties to improve the habitat as well as my food plots for better fall hunting, and the results speak for themselves!

Terron B

I've found Jeff's concepts to be original, refreshing and highly effective! Not only do his concepts of defining deer bedding and movement patterns based on food sources work extremely well, but his use of the weather aligns with my own experiences for determining exactly when a mature buck will be on his feet. Jeff's teachings cover the entire spectrum of attracting, holding, building and hunting a great deer herd - even on small parcels!


Jeff sent me his new book a month ago and it has helped me tremendously with my food plots and how to set them up. He explains what seed to use and what time to plant the seed. He explains in depth how small thin plots are great for keeping deer on your property and getting the deer to go where you want them to. I am implementing Jeffs ideas this year and creating a long thin plot that will connect with my main plot and that way I know where to set my stand up. Jeff also talks about doe and buck bedding areas and his ideas are very easy to follow and are great for any hunter who wants to improve his chances at mature bucks.

Scott M

I've been a fanatic whitetail hunter for 26 years and counting. Over the years I've read just about every whitetail magazine, book, & blog to increase my odds of success. The 2nd year after reading Jeffs book and implementing his tactics, improvements, proper balance of food and habitat, etc... an increase of herd to around 70 deer by the end of season (not kidding your sightings will increase as the season progresses including bucks!). I harvested 2 awesome 8pts, passed on 18 immature bucks, and harvested 4 does to help balance the herd. My results may seem too good to be true...something like a fad diet....but trust me once you start to read this you won't be able to put it down and once you implement Jeff's concepts and design will be able to take your hunting success to the next level you so desire!!! I promise;)

Anthony G

Jeff's concepts make a lot of sense and I can't wait to apply them to my 130 acre property located in central Michigan. If you own or lease hunting property I encourage you to read Whitetail Success by Design. Not only is the book informative and easy to follow, it is very interesting and fun to read. I am excited to get to start working on a number of his ideas this spring.

Bill C

Huge shout out to Jeff Sturgis and his infinite whitetail wisdom. I installed a waterhole back in August just for this one particular buck after watching Jeff's videos. Before too long all the deer in the vicinity were hammering it including this guy. Fast forward to the morning of October 27th when a hot doe was thirsty around 8:20 AM and led this guy right past me at 30 yards.


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