While we had some good encounters in 2010, I can honestly say that our mature buck sightings had to have been down 75% from previous years. It was the worst rut I've experienced in 10 years; maybe ever. I had never worked harder or been more prepared at the beginning of this season; and it didn't make a damned bit of difference. There is nothing you can do to get a big mature buck off its big fat belly if that's where his instinct keeps him. It is what it is, and I call that hunting! I hope that my eating (3) Iowa buck tags this season shows you the reality of trophy hunting. It's never easy, but if you have thousands of acres of privately controlled ground, it can definitely offer the hunter more opportunities. I'm just not that guy, and I suspect that 99.9% of your watching can relate to my frustrations!