First, rattling (which Brantley credits for the assist in taking his largest buck) is a killer—though often neglected—tactic right now. Many hunters associate rattling with the peak rut, but in my experience the tactic can be less effective the more bucks get interested in does. Now, when bucks are becoming more active within their home ranges, is when rattling can really shine for luring in a curious buck. Like many hunters, Brantley is dealing with bumper acorn crop this fall. That situation can be frustrating, but as Will notes, whitetails like variety in their diet, and sometimes the key is waiting over another food source--in his brother's case, a food plot.