X-Factor: "The guys sitting all day are likely to get most of the action," says Miller. He's right, but his clients hunt prime Montana riverbottoms for carefully managed, healthy herds on private land. Still, his observation holds across the landscape. For hunters targeting public or private lands, staying in the woods is key to improving odds, but so is choosing stands and still hunting areas near concentrations of does where good shooting lanes offer multiple opportunities to glimpse rut-stumbling bucks. Rattling, grunting, and bleating continue to be good bets.