If you’re lucky enough to get to hunt the mule deer rut in the backcountry, remember two things:
1) If you want a really good buck, you have to be willing to pass up even the pretty nice bucks. In every mule deer herd, there are proportionally less older bucks than younger bucks. You have to be able to sort through enough bucks that don’t make the grade to have a chance at a great buck.
2) Watch enough country that you have at least several doe groups to check daily. Rut hunting is a numbers game and not every doe group will have a big buck around them.