Thanksgiving week is a particularly good time to keep in mind that a painfully slow day can be followed by a very good day. Hunting on Monday, Goodwin saw light movement overall but did see a nice buck moving at first light, checking does, plus a 3 ½-year-old 10-pointer cruising alone at mid-morning. Bucks are still checking, if not chasing, which suggests some good action still to come. “I think most of the does that are going to be bred have come in, and bucks have been locked down with the ones that are easy to find,” Goodwin says. “We’re at the point now that hot does are starting to get slim, which means that bucks are going to start getting pretty frantic again soon. I look for the action to pick up around Thanksgiving.” Let the feast begin.