I have a lot of trees in my yard. My maples are the last to drop their leaves around Thanksgiving. I often get freezing ice or snow in mid December. This is my window to rake.
Where possible I mow into piles with my lawn tractor and then rake onto a tarp to haul into my woods.
Where I can't mow I use a leaf blower to put leaves in piles and then use the rake haul method.
Today was going to be a big day. It was supposed to be cold and sunny: great! Unfortunately, winds were at 30 MPH. It is impossible to rake leaves onto a tarp in high winds.