When will the rut hit this year? Typically the rut is anywhere from the last week of October through the third week of November. How many weeks away is that? About 38-42. What else takes 38-42 weeks to happen? What are all the couples doing at home during this "social distancing"? My theory is that PETA, HSUS and several other groups created the corona to keep deer from being killed during the rut. If wives or significant others are giving birth during the rut then hunters aren't going to be sitting in trees killing innocent deer. It's self perpetuating because there will always be a birthday they can't miss during the rut as well. I blame anti-hunters for the current corona situation.