This truly my first time hunting the “Rut”. I took this past week off to hit it hard in hopes of bagging my first buck. Starting last weekend off sick and finishing the install of my new oil tank to boot wasn’t no help either. I sat all day Sunday and nothing. I sat part of Monday and Tuesday in the lovely weather we had and nothing. Discouraged I had still got back in the saddle and hunted Wednesday morning. Yet again seeing nothing , I got on the move. I had found what looked like a very active scrape site and set my hang in a tree and hunted it that afternoon. Well big mistake, I was in the stand maybe 30-45mind and wanted to adjust it. It was about 2pm I got up and grabbed my pack to turn around and see the biggest 6 point buck of my life standing 10yds from my stand looking at me. He was really a monster 4 with brow tines. These forks on this buck monsterous. My heart sunk and every curse word you could think of went through my head. I couldn’t even grab my bow fast enough. He didn’t completely spook , took a couple looks back at me, but nevertheless he ran off. I went back Thursday in hopes that he was a transient buck and not the only buck hitting the scrape. I ended up seeing absolutely nothing but heard two bucks fighting in the distance in thick brush with no luck pulling one my way. Discourage i pulled my hang on stand down and I didn’t get out Friday or today. I willl be out in the morning in hopes for the best at my ladder stand spot. The highs and the lows of this sport are what keep me going Back for more. Here is to freezing my nuts off in the morning!! Good luck to everyone else heading out tomorrow!