Estrous Sign: Kyle Barbour, hunting in the eastern Texas Panhandle, tells of seeing a doe bedded off the highway near his hunting land. When she jumped up, he saw that a fine buck was with her. The pair ran into his hunting area. If that doe is in heat and stays on the land, she could really amp up the buck activity there. At this time of year, if you see a single doe, look closely all around her for a tending buck. One could even be bedded nearby.