That optimism is the one thing, above all else, that deer hunters and baseball fans have in common. No matter how bad last season was, there is always a renewed sense of hope that "this could be the season" we take the series or the buck of our dreams. You'll see some who have fulfilled that dream in this month's "Deer of the Year" feature (page 70). And Mike Hanback's "Big Buck Master Plan" (page 48) will help you lay out your strategy so that maybe this deer season will be your season to be a winner. This fall, I'm heading to Montana for what will be my big deer hunt of the year. I've tried to keep my excitement down to a dull roar, but as each day brings me closer to the time, I find myself hoping that maybe this will be the year I'll see something really special.