The rut is, without question, one of the most highly anticipated portions of the fall hunting season. The reason: Well, if you believe conventional wisdom, it’s because bucks will run willy-nilly all over the landscape in search of a hot doe. The reality? Some might. Most won’t. Multiple studies, using GPS tracking, have confirmed that the majority of bucks stick to their core home ranges during the rut—and those core areas are pretty small (think 15-20 acres small). Of course, every buck is unique and some did indeed go on “excursions” well outside of their core areas. But, by and large, when the rut hits hard, bucks stick very close to home.