We are, however, firmly in the peak of the breeding cycle. Most of the big boys are locked down with or trailing tight behind, does. When the conditions are like that, killing a big whitetail can come down to a lot of luck and patience. Bucks are no longer interested in scrapes or rubs; they are either with a doe or looking for the next one. In my experience, success often means knowing the hot food sources used by area does. Does being bred by bucks are often laying up in odd, small patches of cover where bucks push them, and usually those covers are close to some grub. And when a buck is looking for his next doe, guess where he goes? You got it: food.