Nonetheless, Kreuter puts shooter bucks within killing range of 70 percent of his bowhunters and 90 percent of his gun hunters, year after year, during the whitetail breeding period. Below, he reveals five secrets that can help you take a mature buck during this year's rut.
 His Mantra:** "Expect the unexpected,"Kreuter says. メEverything I learn about a particular big buck during the preseason and early season goes out the window once rutting behavior begins. As early as mid October, I go back to scout mode. By then, I know the real trophies aren't acting like other deer. I glass, speed-scout, check trail cams, and stay ready to react to whatever mature bucks are doing.