Overall activity status: Transition time means big variations in buck behavior now, with some whitetails sticking to summer routines and others shifting to more fall-like patterns. For Jerick Henley of Chain Ranch Outfitters, who tagged the 156-inch mainframe 7-pointer in this photo around sunrise on opening day in central Kansas, change was good news. "I hadn't seen this buck until Sept. 11," Henley says, "and he showed up again on Sept. 13. He got shot because of his age and his mass." Henley estimates the buck was at least 5 years old and fully mature. With 6-inch plus bases and 21 inches of mass on each side, the rack carries good mass all the way out. "Most important," Henley adds, "he was extremely healthy. The amount of fat on this buck was unreal, and he didn't live near much agriculture, so all that weight came from native forage." You can see the benefit of good nutrition up top, too: 156 is an impressive score for a 7-pointer.