With bucks in early pre-rut, hunting food sources, rub lines, and early scrapes are the best strategy. Locating a patternable bachelor group of bucks can also be a hot tactic for filling a tag. That is what Dempsey's friend, Will Dunlap, did recently. He saw a seven bucks running together in a bachelor group, picked out the biggest one, and put an arrow through him. The big 8-pointer, shown above, scored 135 3/8 inches, has 12-inch tines, and a 16-inch spread.