To take advantage, start with the onset of the peak rut in your area, and count backward 28 days. (If you don’t know the timing, call your regional game agency and ask a biologist.) For most hunters, this will be somewhere around the first or second week of October—right in the middle of the month’s so-called “lull.” Plan to hunt during the three- or four-day period surrounding that date. While a lot of other guys sit at home assuming the hunting is too slow to bother with, you may get your shot at a monster. Hopefully, you’ll shoot a little straighter than my dad did.