there are 2 good times, or your best bet in getting, a buck. early season while they are still in their bachelor group and on the food, September and early October and when the rut is in. they loose their minds in the rut. they run all day long to find does ready to breed. they are harder mainly because most states are running about 10 to 1 buck to doe ratio. this is also one of the reasons calling and rattling as well as scents are only sometimes effective, cause they got the real thing.