It is that time of the year if you are a deer hunter: The rut is getting under way with bucks making scrapes, rubbing trees and cruising through the woods looking for the first does to come into heat. The rut is the mating season of deer and the best time of the year to put a tag on a monster buck. Big bucks that normally would not venture into the open during daylight hours will leave the security of their home area and actively search for does ready to breed. Although the bucks will be a little crazy from all the testosterone running through their veins and may let their guard down, giving hunters an opportunity, they are not stupid. Bucks, especially older mature bucks, will still be very wary and hunters must still take extra care to avoid alerting deer to their presence.