X Factor: On a lease I hunt in the eastern Texas Panhandle, a fine 140-class buck we call "The Wide Eight" finally reappeared after missing for two months. Unbelievably, nothing is broken on his rack, even the short kicker off his G-2. The buck was on trail cameras almost daily near a corn feeder in August and September. He disappeared the entire months of October and November. We figured he'd been shot on neighbors' land. He's since been on a trail camera at a nearby corn feeder, about half a mile from the one he hit back in the summer, a few times since December 1. He appears mostly in the dark, but has shown a couple of times in daylight in the morning. With the rut winding down, I think he will be more visible at that corn feeder, trying to recoup calories lost in the rut.