I was talking about this topic just this morning with Danny Clipp, head guide at BBT Outfitters in French Lick, Indiana. Danny, and BBT owner Ben Reynolds, have been trusted contacts for Rut Reporters for the last three season, mainly because they are true students of big-buck behavior. Clipp sent me the photo above and noted that bucks in his region are still shedding velvet. "As that happens, some of them go off by themselves, sometimes for the rest of the fall. Others will stick together for awhile, either in pairs like the deer in this picture, but others in small bachelor groups."