Paula: That's because you don't know what you're doing. Sometimes that's where they are, but not always. The thing to bear in mind is that bucks, especially big bucks, are tired after the rut. They're in recovery mode. So what they want is secure cover—the thicker the better. And they want to be able to get to food and water without exposing themselves. They want it close by. And if you find one antler, there's a good chance the other is in the vicinity. I'm not saying it's gonna be 5 feet away, but it's worth looking that area over hard. Especially where they hop fences, ditches, and creeks. If a buck has a loose antler, that jump is often all it takes to get it to fall.