This first one focuses on the importance of water during the rut. A lot of hunters think that water is only important during hot weather; in fact, it's really important during the rut, too. Bucks that are running hard need to hydrate, and water sources are also great places for them to find does. I can't tell you how many times being close to a water source has paid off for me and my friends over the years, but it's a bunch. As a matter of fact, Hurteau himself arrowed one of his best bucks at my place, while hunting over a water hole during the late stages of the rut. So one morning as we left the stand, I asked Dave if he'd mind checking out a nearby pond. He said, "Sure, as long as you don't mind my sticking a camera in your face."