But the bucks are still there, and as Bestul pointed out in his most recent Midwest report, a strong cold front can be absolute magic this time of year. This past weekend was no exception. Last week was so hot—highs in the mid-80s—that many of the serious deer hunters I know simply opted to sit things out and wait for the conditions to improve. Kentucky’s two-day youth firearms season opened Saturday. A stout north wind was blowing most of the day as a front moved through, and most of the reports that I’ve gotten from that morning said the hunting was slow. Personally, I sat in a ground blind most of the day with my buddy and his son, and we didn’t see a deer.