The pre-rut is getting closer in Alabama, but some bucks are still bunched up, as Shane Dempsey, who hunts in northwest Alabama, found out last Wednesday while he was still-hunting after dropping off a friend at a stand. When he slipped into a thick cutover, bucks began jumping up. "They were all young four- and six-pointers, and they took off," Shane said. "This nine-pointer stood up last and really didn't move at all. He was looking towards all the other deer, and gave me a pretty good view of his body and his rack. After a quick study I thought this deer was an older deer and decided to take a shot. I slipped a 7mm-08 round right through a small opening in the cutover and dropped him on the spot." The nine-pointer, shown above with Dempsey, was estimated to weigh over 175 pounds field dressed. His rack was 14 inches wide and had 22-inch main beams.