Winter deer not showing up under your evening stand? They’re probably feeding at noon.

After the gauntlet of the gun opener, goes the conventional wisdom, ultra­wary late-season bucks don’t hit feeding areas until the last hint of shooting light—or later. So why is it you always see big bucks chowing like livestock in the middle of the day at this time of year? The fact is, there’s no better time to catch a trophy whitetail snatching a cold lunch.