Yes big time. During the rut bucks will travel doe trails at times but will use there own trails most of the year. Of course this refers to older bucks not the 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 year old deer. Big bucks have to be hunted as a separate species if you want to kill them. There trails will be in thicker cover and off to the side of doe trails.
During the height of the rut,Bucks in their desire for luvin,throw caution basically out the window.Explaining why you may be the most dedicated hunter you can be.....and there's a guy who's never stepped in the woods before this season,yet he shoots a whopper?
That ain't to say you shouldn't be extremely focused on trying to pattern them.Just that when love is in the air.....well,good luck.
We have trophy's runnin around in the yard(we live in the country).I study their behavior and never get tired of watching.Seeing Bucks fighting is a treat.But watching a 3-4 y.o. Doe as she goes into estrous also ranks up there.And I believe this is where you may find the most benny's studying them.
Good luck,it is an extremely exciting "sport".....wait,thats not PC?Haha.I don't shoot too many anymore....my boys take care of that.I'm the butcher and chef.And fresh wild meat is one of God's gifts to be properly thanked for and properly cared for once on the ground.Anything with a red sauce(Italian)and Venison beats any other meat hands down.
I don't hunt trails anyway unless I want a doe for meat which is often. LOL I hunt funnels almost exclusively and do quit well. Forget trails and hunt the funnels i.e terrain features. You will do much better.
Different times but different tracts. Bucks are heavier, They sink into soft groud deeper. Now this is not totaly true but an indicater. Bucks tracks are generally larger than does. This is very prevalent with mule deer. I am not that familiar with whitetails. But you also have to understand, that a very old doe will have a track, as big as a buck. But look closer. A buck track will have a small tang on the inside. The doe does not. This tang will present in soft dirt or mud. But not on hard ground as the tang is about 3 inches above the hoove.