Finally, as hunting seasons come to an end, I’ve found it highly valuable to reflect on the season and learn from my successes and failures. For example, one aspect of the fall that really popped out at me was the stellar buck activity I witnessed after the breeding peak. I enjoy the luxury of being able to hunt several prime deer states each fall, and it’s always tempting to leave one spot—usually my home state—as soon as I sense rutting action has cooled. But this year, the best big-buck action occurred after most of the does had been bred…and I intend to devote more time to this period next fall. I always feel if I can emerge from each fall with at least one “takeaway” lesson, I’ll be that much better off next year. I hope you’ll do the same.