Optional Plan: Be Passive
It may seem wrong not to be aggressive now, considering that bucks are seemingly losing their minds more by the day. But whitetails rarely abandon all caution. If you hunt small woodlots, or are onto a truly mature buck that won't breed until a hot doe stands right in front of him, here's what to do today. First, go with an afternoon hunt, to take advantage of that rising moon. Get in the woods about noon, with the three best oak stands on your property logged in to your GPS. Scout them quickly, but be mindful of the wind; you don't want your scent blowing into bedding areas. Find the oak stand that has the most fresh feeding sign, as well as any rubs and scrapes that indicate an active buck, and if you don't have a stand with you, zip back to the truck and grab it. Before you shimmy up a tree, doctor the freshest scrape you can find with some buck urine. This will punch your buck's dominance button and swing him in for a shot. Don't be afraid to hit your rattling antlers or grunt tube—your buck is probably bedded nearby, and the sounds should coax him in.