Trophy Tactic: Stalk a Stud
The Action: Hunters call this phase the lockdown. At its zenith, 30 to 40 percent of all does will come into estrus over a three- to five-day period, and since most herds have a higher ratio of does, mature bucks have no problem finding mates. An experienced breeder will push a ready doe into an odd and remote spot, where competition from other bucks is greatly reduced, and that breeding pair may spend up to three days together. In other words, you won't see a lot of buck activity, especially in your usual spots. All of this makes peak breeding one of the toughest times to kill a buck.