For instance, South-Central reporter Brandon Ray's season retrospective concluded that, while peak breeding remained the best time to see a truly big buck, the best chance to actually shoot such a deer was in the two-week period immediately prior. This observation jumped out at me because it matches my own experience. Sure, when breeding activity is peaking, it's often much easier to see bucks, simply because they're traveling more often and over greater distances. However, the movements of these deer will be highly unpredictable. A buck could move quickly through cover where I don't have a stand, or simply pass by out of range. On the other hand, that buck might move less during the pre-rut, but if I've done my scouting, I can set up an encounter in his home range where I can adapt to factors such as wind direction and trail use.