Last year was actually the first year that I followed D&DH's predictions for the rut. My hunting buddy and I are both retired, so we are able to hunt most anytime we plan to. We decided to hunt hard Nov. 8-13. We hunted my farm and a private urban land that he had permission to hunt. His spot is a bottle neck woods that encompasses some 400 acres that snakes through suburbia...great spot. We started at my place and observed multiple scrapes but saw no movement. Two evenings for around 3-4 hours until dark.
Moved to his spot on the 11th and I shot 140 pt buck chasing a doe. Saw other bucks moving does that same day but never had a shot. It seemed that there was activity, but not as much as we had expected or hoped for. I had read that, for reasons I don't quite understand, last year's rut was spread out over a longer period of time than usual. (I think it had to do with moon phases...I'm sure someone here will know) This year is expected to be more intense over a shorter period of time. I have the luxury to hunt when I want to now, so it makes it easier to hit the rut than when I was working. I hope all of you get to enjoy that one day too. Good luck.
Keep life simple...if you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.