In areas with low buck to doe ratios rattling should be used sparingly or not at all because bucks typically don't need to fight to find hot does.Important Notes: Scrapes that were being checked frequently just a week or two ago are starting to be ignored and become less relevant, as bucks are starting to pursue does that are coming into estrous.They may, however start aggressively rubbing trees to vent their pent-up energy and show off their self-perceived dominance to other bucks.

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Start looking for rubs and scrapes, especially towards the end of the pre-rut.

These signs are left by bucks to let the does know that he is nearby and will be ready to give them some lovin' when they are ready..that he'll be back soon.

Find the does at this time and you're more likely to find the bucks.

Younger bucks will travel the more prominent deer trails from doe area to doe area.

You need to be in the field, or at least be in touch with buddies who are, to accurately determine when the initial rut phases begin in your area.

Also, make sure to keep notes of what you see in your Pro Hunters online hunting Journal.The first, and probably most data-backed, is the photoperiod theory.Most wildlife bilogists and experts at the QDMA would tell you that this is the most accurate method for determining when the rut takes place, and it varies very little from year to year.As most hunters will agree, there is no better time to hunt deer than just before or during "the rut".What some hunters don't fully understand though, is that the rut has several phases - each of which can be more successfully hunted the better you understand them.The theory is based on the fact that measurments taken of fetal fawns have consistently and accurately shown that breeding occured just around the middle of November.