Well this is it: The Big Show—the flurry of frenzied behavior you’ve been waiting for all year, when a monster whitetail might just let his guard down. But if you’re relying mostly on the testosterone-drunken behavior of rutted-up bucks, you’ll stand only a so-so chance of bagging that trophy.
On the other hand, if you hunt smart while big bucks act dumb (or at least dumber than usual) your odds will soar. So take this quiz as a primer. Score well, and you’ve likely got the right stuff for tagging a dandy now. Otherwise, learn from your mistakes and you’ll still be in the game.—Dave Hurteau