Then, you’re given a reminder of just how localized deer activity can be. Although I reported last week that many area bean fields were turning yellow, I hunted a farm Sunday afternoon—a place I’ve hunted for years but not yet this season—and was shocked by just how tall and green the soybeans there still are. Thirty minutes before dark, I spotted a bachelor group of three bucks wading through the greenery. Two of them looked to be shooters. I was hunting from the ground, so as soon as the bucks topped a small rise, I made my move. Within 5 minutes, I was within 46 yards of them—just close enough to shoot if I could’ve seen the deer. The beans were so tall that all but the bucks’ heads and antlers were obscured when they were looking up, and they completely disappeared when they lowered their heads for another bite. It finally got dark and the bucks wandered away, but I’m hoping for another chance at them this week.