I scared up a real nice buck last year. I was walking out if my stand as he was walking in and I don't think either one of us was really paying attention to where we were going cause i was only 15 yards from him and I don't know which one of us was more startled. About a month later in rut I shot him from my stand that in that same spot. Don't give up. When the ruts on he's only going to be thinking about one thing and it's not going to be you.