I would start by switching my tatics, for instance, instead of hunting by major rut areas , hunt by food sources. in the post rut as the does start to come out of heat the deer go back into survival mode. also hunt by heavyly scraped areas b/c the bucks will start to go back to were they are most comfertable and check the scrapes that thay made before ruting. there is also something i heard about a second rut, it isn't much of a rut but more of when the young does go into heat b/c they are now mature enough to at this time cause maybe they wernt during the rut, regardless the deer still rut from mid december to early januay. and if you dont get a deer soon don't stop hunting b/c most of the mature bucks don't start to rute until its realy on unlike imature bucks that start in the pre rut, and continue till december. but your best shot would be hunting food,
Let me start off by saying that I am a scaredy cat.
For someone that spent 3 years in 82nd Airborne jumping out of all manner of military aircraft, my friends find this ludicrous - but... it is what it is!
Climbing stand? Yep, still scared - put me up 15' and that is about it.
Ladder stands? I am better in these - but still cautious.
Chain on stands? Used to love them, now they terrify me.
I was once ridiculed for putting chain on stands waaaay too high - some of my friends...