X-Factor: One of the most exciting aspects of this time of the pre-rut is the appearance of what I call "stranger bucks," which are whitetails that start moving more within in their home range to check out doe family groups. The buck in the trail cam photo above is just such a deer. He hasn't shown up on my or my neighbor's cameras until this week. Obviously, he'll be a very easy buck to identify, and I hope he appears in front of my tree stand very soon. Because they're on the move, these stranger bucks can be more vulnerable to harvest…assuming, of course, that they start doing their wandering during daylight!