Most states I know have deer season pretty close to and during the rut. Why? A few decades ago we had few deer and may not have wanted to kill as many. Now we have way too many. What was the justification to having the hunt during the rut back then and why hasn’t it changed with the dramaticly huge populations of deer now.
I recognize there are special seasons around the rut, but the primary and centrally important season has always been during the rut in early Nov.
One google found site suggested the rut was when more deer are moving and hunters are more likely to make more kills during this time. Sounds good now, but why then was this the season when deer weren’t so plentiful.