X Factor: Late October and early November, at least in the northern half of the south central region, mean fall shuffle time. It's the time when bucks start cruising, covering territory looking for receptive does. A buck that was so predictable in a one-square-mile area suddenly starts to wander, often for several miles. Distance of the wandering is often determined by deer density and habitat type. In low deer density areas, a buck will wander further looking for a mate. That wandering can be good and bad for a hunter. The familiar face you saw so often at one blind might disappear for a month or longer in the rut. But at the same time, some new bucks will likely come into your area. I've even tracked the same buck, for multiple years, doing this shuffle from his home range and wander 3-4 miles to a different blind. And he did it at almost the exact same week from one year to the next. The third year he did it, I killed him, 3 miles from the blind where I usually got his nighttime image on trail camera earlier in the fall. He was 6 ½-years-old and his 10-point rack scored just shy of 160-inches. So if you are frustrated with seeing the same small or average-size bucks right now, be patient because in the coming weeks there is a very good chance a new buck will shuffle around and come visit your does.