5. Do This:
Put on a Mask
Bucks are barely emerging from their summer patterns at this early stage of the rut, so forget using doe-in-estrus urine or similar scents. Instead, choose red fox, skunk, raccoon, earth, hemlock, or other masking scents. Food scents, such as apple or acorn, are another option.
This is the time for soft contact grunts. Expel short breaths, one second or so in duration, with pauses in between. Blow three or four in a series, then wait five to 20 minutes and repeat. Deer often communicate this way, as if to say Hey, I'm over here. Where are you?