I don't know about the area that you hunt but in Athens the second rut was going hard and heavy the last week.
I watched 3 different bucks make scrapes this week and saw bucks fighting everyday. I saw a minimum of 20 different bucks, from spikes to 130 class in 4 days and many of these were bucks that I had never seen before. Many of these bucks were in groups of 2 -5 bucks with the smaller ones pushing each other around while the dominant buck chased the yearlings.
It seemed to be the yearlings that the bucks were chasing.
My son missed on a deer that was a once in a lifetime buck that was with 2 other bucks and chasing some yearlings. He has killed some 140 class bucks and has never shot at a deer that he hasn't killed with one shot, he normally stays calm. He admitted that this deer had him shaking violently. You spend hundreds of hours over the years while hunting dreaming of the super buck that no one has ever seen stepping out for a shot and then it happens and you blow it, it made him literaly ill, and I felt and still feel terrible for him.