X-Factor: The drought has affected where deer are moving and feeding. Two different stories of nice bucks shot at or near water sources reached my inbox this week, but at this point, no photos. Day time temps have fluctuated wildly across the region; in areas where it's been 70 to 80 degrees in the afternoon whitetails are feeding well, but not traveling far to do it. Green food sources like alfalfa, winter wheat or rye, and food plots have been the strongest draws. Even as temperatures drop, dry conditions will keep creeks, ponds and water sources top places to encounter a buck.