Finding a water source in a bedding area complicates matters. If White knows that a big buck is bedding very close to the water, he stays back. But if he suspects the buck is bedded a short distance away, he sets up at the water's edge just the same, because it's such a strong draw. "I may jump other deer bedded close by when I come in, but if the trophy I want is bedded some distance off, he'll still come by later." Your choice water sources may pull fewer deer when the pre-rut kicks in, but head back to them during the peak of the rut. Bucks must drink regularly when they chase does. A few years ago, while hunting one of his favorite isolated ponds on an unseasonably warm day during the peak of the November rut, White saw a huge 8-point, hot on the tail of a doe. The doe continued past, but the buck detoured to the pond to slake his thirst. It later scored 143 Pope and Young points.