Despite all the research and data, whitetail behavior during the rut remains unpredictable. The best way to counter that is to keep your game plan simple.
For unseasonably warm weather during the deer rut, target areas near bedding thickets, hyper-focus on water and stay far, far away from open-country food plots.
A buck can pop up when you least expect it during the peak of the rut. That can make still-hunting the strategy of choice among ground-dwelling bowhunters.