Overall Activity: It might seem odd to include a trail cam pic of a velvet buck in a December, but hear me out. This dandy 8-pointer was photographed in the corner of this corn field about two weeks before our mid-September archery opener. My neighbor (who owns the farm) obviously wanted a crack at this deer, but you can't kill a deer you can't see; the buck was a total no-show all season, despite careful hunts and further camera checks…. That is, until this week. When extreme cold hit the region this week, the big buck showed up again, standing less than 30 yards from where this photo was taken. My buddy didn't get him (long story), but the encounter reveals something critically important as winter sets in: Even the most elusive bucks get active when the temperature plummets. The region's current cold front is only a few days old, but I expect to start hearing success stories from hunters across the region.