Estrous Signs: Hunters talk about the "second" rut, or the time when does that were not bred a month ago cycle again, starting another flurry of buck activity. But in low deer density areas, like where I hunt often in the Panhandle, I rarely see that. The buck to doe ratio where I hunt is likely 1 to 1. There may even be a few more bucks than does. So I think the first rut is very intense because of low doe numbers, and it is rare for one to not get bred that first time. So there is essentially no "second" rut here. But in places with higher deer numbers or higher doe ratios, the second rut is definitely something to remember for late season action.