Koonce's mother needed him to take her to the doctor, so he modified his plans to do a quick hunt behind his house. "I knew Monday night that I wouldn't have a long time to hunt, so I just planned to go to a stand behind my house and see what was coming through," Koonce says. "I had decided also that I was going to try to rattle. I haven't done this in a long time and only had limited success at best, but I had read somewhere that it was good to rattle at daybreak, so I thought, why not? I was running late on Tuesday but I was seated in my stand at 6:40 a.m., and even though it was beginning to lighten up I had decided to wait a few more minutes before I tried rattling. According to all of the shows I'd seen on TV, when you rattle, the bucks come barreling in wide open looking for a fight.