The rut is on in most parts of the country. For many deer hunters—me included—this time of year brings as much anxiety as anticipation. We count down the days to the rut all season long, and then when it finally gets here, it seems the clock ticks way too fast. Often, the action isn’t near what we’d hoped it would be. The weather plays hell on our best plans, and before you know it, the end of November is in sight. A little panic begins to set in.