He's proof that the late season, long after the rut, can be a great time to hunt big bucks over feed. He's obviously trying to recover some of the calories he burned up in November and early December by visiting my bait site in daylight. Wish I still had that tag in my wallet. He's the best buck I've seen all year!
Chasing:** The only chase reports I've heard recently were from South Texas. One buddy told me he watched a big, black-horned 10-point dog a doe back and forth across a sendero and through thick brush for 30 minutes, but could never get a shot because they were moving so fast. Cool to see the chase, but frustrating to try to get a clear shot at a still target. Christmas through the New Year is traditionally a favorite time for hunting big bucks in the cactus jungles down near the border.
X-Factor:** I found something interesting on December 26...a fresh shed! The shed antler was laying next to a trough where I feed corn and alfalfa hay. The fresh, brownie shed is from a young, 3 ½-year-old typical 8-point whitetail with huge brow tines. I've seen him many times this year. His brow tines are about 7 inches long. And he's got three small kickers below the brow tine. He's got the potential to be something special if he gets a couple more years to fully mature. He was on my trail camera on December 24 with the one side of antler still on his head, he'd already dropped his left side, then he dropped the right side on Christmas day and I found it the next day.