As the 2017 rut came to an end, I still had a bow tag in my pocket. Knowing that the bucks start heading back to food as the last does are finishing their estrus cycles, I headed to the best remaining food source on the farm . It was a small secluded field deep in a valley. The deer moved early and well before sunset, I had a good buck on the ground. The value of feeding patterns when the rut ends.