Finally, keeping up with the phase of the rut in a given area is critical to maximizing your hunting effort. Of course the most obvious method (and the one I recommend) is to visit Rut Reporters for up-to-the-minute reports. Augment that by maintaining a phone tree that connects like-minded hunters who spend a lot of time afield. But social media can be an excellent source of information about current buck movement. This is a relatively new phenomenon in deer hunting, but the more I participate, the more I realize what a solid source of info it is. If a hunter I respect is in the timber and sends a Tweet that bucks are cruising, I do my best to drop what I'm doing and join him. #hotrut (or something like that!).