Okay, enough of my preaching and on to our weekly recap of the latest reports. South-Central reporter Brandon Ray noted that some bucks in his area make a big move for at least part of the breeding season. This observation is backed by science. Telemetry studies prove that bucks have different breeding strategies. Some visit and revisit areas of peak activity, called “focal points,” within their home range; some go on excursions that carry them far outside their normal homes; and some relocate to an entirely different area for a time. Ray brings up a fascinating aspect of the last strategy, pointing out that an individual buck may make this relocation at about the same time every fall (this has been proven by telemetry work, too). It seems crazy to be thinking about next fall when we’re just enjoying the best part of this one, but it does make sense to pay attention to individual deer and the unique ways they behave during in the rut. Those observations can pay huge dividends in the future.