This technique is not for beginners, but if you have the patience, it can be a very effective way to get a shot at a big buck with a firearm, during the full rut.......and that is to stillhunt the general area where you are seeing a lot of does, and rut sign (scrapes, rubs, etc.)
When dominant bucks are on the move, they can appear almost anywhere, and anytime. You MUST know the ground you are going to stillhunt on like the back of your hand. Look for areas where deer stage, and be always on the look out for a solo doe, that is displaying definate signs that she is in estrous. If you do, stillhunt the area she was in, being ever on the watch for any movement in the area downwind of where she was.
Stillhunting gives you the freedom to move as conditions dictate, and a better chance to intercept, or maybe even move in on a buck who's on the move also, and who many times isn't paying the close attention to his survival instincts as he normally would, as his mind is occupied with "other" things!
The biggest buck I ever killed, and several others that are in my top 5 were killed this way.
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