Ok.. Peak Rut has just finished or is near finishing where you are now what??
Well about 28 days after the peak rut you're going to get your chance! The second rut is going hit, meaning best get your gear moved and ready to be cold (well at least where I am anyways). That means you best get scouting again, but when are you going to do that with everyone out there hunting and your hunting. If you have to hunt the way I do, you need to plan plan plan. That means figuring out where you are going, planning where you will be in relation to where you want to scout, then unfortunetly that means leaving your spot 30 mins early from your stand, then scouting around for a bit, then heading home to get to work.
So now that you have a plan, what do you need to do. You need to find the bedding areas and the young does. Find the trails that lead from bedding area to bedding area. Find the scrapes and rubs, they will be there. Finding these will allow you find the bucks, the big bucks aren't going to be too interested in feeding as much, as they are going to be trying to hit the does that are a little younger or yearlings that are just coming into estrus for the first time. If you can find these, most of the bucks should be in the 2.5+ year range as the older bucks are getting tired have learned that the rut is a marathon, not a sprint. The younger bucks on the other hand haven't figured this out yet and are done for the year usually. Here's the next thing, along with the bedding areas, try to find the areas in your state that have had higher does harvests for the year. This will typically allow the younger does to come in to the area and since they come into estrus later, boom there's your second shot!
Now, if that's not going to work for you as it's to thick or no solid bedding areas.
Find the thick parts of the area your hunting and find the secondary escape routes that lead to food. Deer that aren't fully getting into the second rut are going to be hitting these trails to the feeding areas, but since the primary trails are or have been hunted, hit the secondary or teriary escape routes. These should have decent trails and sign for heading out deer to feed. Gett a solid spot and you should be in for some great action.
The second rut is about doing your extra home-work and staying "after school" to get the work done. At this point you have a week or two of regular hunting and getting some scouting in afterward, then get ready to hit the rut again, just deeper in the woods or places that most people aren't will to get to. Perhaps, this is the time to get that climber out and while scouting find or mark some trees that will work, so you don't need to try and find them in the dark.
Good luck to you guys out there and hit that seond rut hard, most bucks this time of year that are still rutting are going to be shooters. Just keep that in mind, you might just might get that wall hanger in Dec for an early present!!