The calendar says fall is officially here, but the folks at Lil' Toledo Lodge in southeastern Kansas know it's not too late to find bucks that are still sticking to the summer drill of hanging together and following a fairly steady bed-to-feed pattern. Kim Sherman and Trace Goodwin, guides at the Chanute-area outfitter, helped put a client on the 170-class whitetail in this photo last Thursday. They first identified the buck in early August as part of a bachelor group. When bucks went to hard horn in September, the Booner disappeared for a week before rejoining the group in its original core area, where he quickly established his place at the top of the pecking order. Trail cameras let the guides determine the buck was following a regular routine that most evenings put him on a food plot of clover, wheat, and turnips at twilight. "We couldn't hunt the site early on because the wind direction was wrong," Goodwin says, "so we had to wait for the day when conditions were just right." Thursday was that day, and Ray—a longtime client who has hunted with Lil' Toledo for eight years—made an 80-yard muzzleloader shot from a tower blind to bring down his best whitetail ever.