A common affliction hunters share as the rut heats up is focusing solely on bucks. Never forget that does are running this show. If you don't know where does are and what they're doing, the chase phase will take on an unintended meaning: You will be chasing bucks, and will almost certainly remain behind them. So this afternoon, if you've watched a funnel or still-hunted a travel route with no luck, get to a small, protected food source favored by does: a little patch of oaks, a micro food plot, a cluster of apple trees. As the chase phase unfolds, non-estrous does will get so skittish they won't dare to poke their heads into a large field unless they want to be on the receiving end of a chase. But right now, they'll feed happily in a small covert--a whitetail's version of a corner grocery store--where they don't attract as much attention. But bucks know these areas too, and that big guy you've been dreaming of may appear at any time to see who's there.