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,
If you want to properly preserve velvet antlers, you will have to inject & brush them with formaldehyde or some of the new less toxic chemicals (4 in 1 solution works great as does Knobloch's antler in velvet tan) as its easier to use however, both will work.
First, using rubber gloves take a razor blade and make small incisions at the tips of all points about 1/8". Next hang the antlers upside down, allowing the blood to drain. Starting at the bases inject the solution into the...