White-Tailed Deer Hunting Post-Rut:
During the post-rut, male deer have now lost some 30 to 40 percent of their weight from all the physical exertion of the pre-rut and the rut itself. Large dominant male deer will still look to mate receptive female deer in their area.
Their keen senses for dangerous predators returns as they are not as focused on locating females which makes them more aware of their surroundings. Its now time to change tactics again of which there are a couple that will work.
Look for groups of female deer, after all the main madness ends of the full blown rut the female deer will group together and there will usually be one or two that will come into estrus season again, dominant male deer know this so there is usually one that will tend those female deer and will be hanging around waiting for this to occur.
The second tactic is quite simple and that is revert back to your early season tactics as the male deer need lots of nutrition now after losing so much mass weight they need food, high protein food at that.
There are four factors for deer, food, cover, terrain and structure. Knowing what the deer eat and when that food is available to them, and how they use the terrain, cover and structure to travel to and from these areas lets you choose stand locations that will produce late season post-rut deer.
Regardless of where you hunt there are certain foods deer prefer besides grain feeds such as corn, buckwheat, wheat, oats, hay feeds such as clover and alfalfa. These are their preferred woodland food sources. It is your job to learn what these food sources are where you hunt and then figure out at what time during the late deer season these foods are available to the deer.
Sometimes deer will favor an imparticular watering hole depending on the location and the type of deer you are scouting, generally these type of areas are a good place for a ambush ground blind set-up. Setting up a ground blind surrounded by corn stalks anywhere will usually net you good action.