One other point to keep in mind: While mature bucks are typically the chief players in this late-rut activity, even the oldest, gnarliest buck may not respond well to aggressive tactics like rattling or calling. Remember, it’s late in the game here, and bucks are tired. They’ve been running hard for does and fending off rivals for weeks, and may not feel driven to duke it out with another buck. In my experience, it’s always best to start light and non-aggressive with calling now, only ramping things up if the buck seems receptive to grunting or rattling. As a rule, I believe that hunting terrain funnels and simply waiting for a giant to cruise through is the best bet. When I call, I like to mimic doe bleats, and the visual appeal of an antlerless decoy can be tough to beat right now.