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it was sharp dips in the temperature that
did the trick and led to me taking old
bucks with my bow.
In late , a bone-chilling cold
settled on the Midwest and produced a
classic feeding frenzy. Starting right after
Christmas, I began to get daylight photos
of a couple of big deer on a corn plot. One
of the bucks was a super-wide -pointer,
and the other was a giant -pointer that
would have pushed  inches.
These days I let trail camera photos give
me the green light during the late season. It
is never a good idea to hunt an area when
the bucks aren't moving during the day. All
you do is educate deer at a time when the
odds for success are low. So when you start
getting daylight photos like I was back in
, make your move right away.
My cameraman and I went in early to
put up a couple stands while trying not to
sweat, and we hunted that afternoon. The
deer started pouring in before I even got
the stands completely in place, more than
two hours before dark. I saw one of the
biggest bucks on the farm that evening.
A few days later, on Jan. , , the wind
was right again and we went back. The temperature was still in the low single digits with

After studying trail cam photos of the
reclusive buck named "Loppy," Winke
finally nailed him in the late season.

wind chills below zero. It was rough staying
on stand for more than an hour, but the
deer sightings kept just enough adrenaline
pumping to keep our blood from freezing.
An hour after we got into the tree, a nice
-pointer a friend had missed in November
came within bow range. In all, I saw eight
bucks that evening, all in legal light.
I never see action like that during the
rut. Under the right conditions, the late
season is better (surely more consistent)
than the rut.

Then just last season I had another one
of those great evenings in the stand (this
time in a blind). It was the day after a cold
front came through and dumped  inches
of fresh snow. December  was still very
cold, high single digits, and every buck I
had on trail camera on that part of the
farm came out well before dark.
One of the bucks, a deer I had nicknamed Loppy, was at least  years old.
Old Loppy was a recluse. We saw him in
daylight a few times in , but not again

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