Though it was a bit early for peak rut activity, this buck was already interested in checking out the does. "I was shocked to see this buck come out about 200 yards away behind a doe," said Taylor. "They fed straight across the narrow plot without me getting a shot. Nearly 30 minutes later the doe re-appeared 80 yards away so I got the rifle ready. A minute or two later the buck stepped out, and I centered the scope on him and shot. Upon recovering the buck I noticed he was the same buck I had hunted the last half of the season last year. This year he was a seven-pointer with an 18 ½-inch inside spread, and weighed 180 pounds. He appeared to be 4.5 or 5.5 years old."