Assignment #1: Find Your Trophy
First verify that a bruiser is visiting the feeding area, and learn how he approaches. A big buck rarely follows the crowd, Willis says. "Unless he's on an estrous doe, he isn't going to take that cattle-path trail to the feed. Instead, he'll follow a side trail, away from other deer." Ideally, Willis will stay back and glass to catch the buck entering. Otherwise, he'll hit the field at midday to search for big tracks. "My goal is to learn generally how he approaches. I don't count on big deer taking the same path every time."