Well guys the second weekend of our three month course has been eventful. At the end of last week my team and I checked the weather forecast for the weekend and found the on thng we have been praying for…A North Wind!! North winds allow my cameraman and I to hunt some of our best sets on the properties we have. Prevaling winds are without a doubt on the largest limiting factors when developing gameplay for the days ahead. Bucks are still coming out in daylight but limiting their appearences. Cooler temperature at night are makin the morning sits exciting and deer movement is surprisingly positive. New bucks also keep popping up allowing us to further grow the hit list. I’ll post a few pics of our hitlisters that we see most often and focus our efforts towards. We are looking for bucks of 5 1/2 years or older. This shows maturity and dominance in the herd. Proper judging of bucks is crucial in developing herd health and management. Some characteristics of maturity include denser mid sections(belly), thicker withers, developed brisket, longer snout, and other larger body conditions. One of the biggest myths involved with age judging of whitetail bucks is antler size. In areas of optimum nutrition and soil quality, bucks will develop large racks at early ages causing hunters to harvest these animals before they are able to grow to there maximum potential. Also on the other hand, some bucks of older age groups that may have been heavily stressed or malnourished might not “throw a big rack” even though they are obviously mature if we analyze their overall disposition with the rest of the herd.