Age, nutrition and genetics are the three things that drive antler growth, and deer at James Collins enjoy all three. Located in a fairly hilly part of Oklahoma, this WMA sits atop richer soil than Pushmataha, yet still offers enough steep terrain to give bucks plenty of places to hide from hunters. Controlled draw-only hunting during the firearms season reduces pressure, too, but bow hunters face no restrictions from October through December, with an antlerless-only hunt Jan. 1-15. The acorn drop is key here, and regular burning keeps green browse plentiful. "The area has good genetics, and it has shown it can grow some pretty good deer," Shaw says. "A pretty good handful of James Collins deer have ended up in the Cy Curtis book, too."