Sometimes you have to think small to shoot a big buck. After all, it's the details that count in the deer woods, right? We can help. Provided here are 35 tips on rattling, laying scents, hunting rub lines, locating the right scrape, finding where to hang your tree stand and more. Together they add up to one awesome plan for hunting the rut. ** 1. Words of Wisdom**
Legendary Montana archer Gene Wensel, whose intuition about whitetail deer is unmatched, says, "When a big, undisturbed buck is looking for a doe, he'll try to cover as much ground as possible. If he walks into a nose wind, he can only cover what's directly in front of him. If he cuts crosswind, he covers a lot more olfactory ground but his rear is unprotected. The safest, most logical direction for that buck to walk in is quartering downwind. That way his eyes are protecting his front and his nose is covering what's coming in over his shoulder. And that's what a mature buck does-he quarters downwind until he smells a hot doe; then he makes a J-turn and follows his nose right to her."