But sometimes the deer gods cut us a break, and we manage to salvage some measure of consolation by locating a buck we feared was lost. Such was the case for Andy Jeffries of Twin Chimneys Outfitters in southeast Kansas, who shot the heavy 8-pointer above on opening day of the Kansas archery season, and then backed out to avoid pushing the wounded deer. "Unfortunately, Jeffries says, "it got bumped over 1.5 miles down the creek," possibly by other hunters' movements. Jeffries searched for a week before finally recovering the highly symmetrical rack. He got the shot by taking advantage of the summer patterns that were hanging on in mid-September, but since that first week of the season, he reports, the deer in his area "have transitioned into night mode." With crops coming out and temperatures dropping, he's expecting to see more activity soon, though an abundance of acorns guarantees that most of the action will take place on the hardwood ridges rather than in Twin Chimneys' food plots.