The Party's Over One day it just clicks off. You'll still find bucks around the does, but they'll be young punks, taking what's left over after the big boys have bred. The mature males will retire to their post-rut feeding holes, where they'll often find other bucks to hang with. Sometimes they'll rejoin the does after they've lost their antlers, but that will be long after hunting season ends. You may find their sheds there, on the winter range, early next fall, but the buck that dropped them will be far away, up in the high country with a bachelor buddy or two, growing fat for another November.