But this fall is shaping up to be one worthy of excitement. Spring broke just in time for bucks to recover from winter and pour their energy into antler growth, and the summer fawn crop has generally ranged from solid to fantastic. There has been enough rainfall to ward off another EHD outbreak, and ag crops—particularly in Illinois and Indiana, states where farmers have suffered recently—are on track for a stellar yield. Those crops help feed deer (thanks, farmers!) and when they’re on pace, it translates into an on-time harvest that makes for better deer hunting. As the photo here shows, bucks are in excellent health, and the promise for a fine season this fall appears solid.