X Factor: The archery-only opener is just a few weeks away. That opening weekend is a great time to catch a buck still on his summer feeding pattern. I typically follow this rule: if I have a big buck on a pattern in daylight and think I can kill him, I hunt him very aggressively before he changes his pattern, gets wise, or breaks an antler in fighting. If I'm only seeing small bucks or a big buck that moves mostly after dark, I do not hunt that stand at all. I wait until a big buck is active and somewhat predictable in daylight.