On the other hand, if you hunt in one of the southern states where peak breeding is just getting started, go ahead and hunt those funnels, and wait for what South Central reporter Brandon Ray recently described as the "shuffle" effect. Simply put, rutting bucks will often leave their core areas and strike out on excursions to find willing does. This means that a buck you've patterned vanish for a day or two. On the flip side, a giant from another area may suddenly appear in your hunting spot. Because these deer are not from the immediate area and are unfamiliar with all its nooks and crannies, they'll use major terrain features (river bottoms, depressions, wooded fencelines, etc) to navigate. Consequently, waiting in ambush near these geographic funnels is an excellent tactic, not only for killing the nomadic buck, but also any buck returning home from an excursion.