The deep snow and subzero temperatures dipping to the teens below zero and even further when wind was added, did help the hunting. Whitetails were bunched up in herds from 10 to 200 animals. Unfortunately, like many areas of the Corn Belt, wet fall conditions prevented all of the corn from being harvested and deer were traveling to these fields for quick energy. Not only were they traveling, but many stayed in large blocks of standing corn to conserve energy making the hunting equally challenging. As a final note, the stress of the severe weather was causing bucks to jettison their antlers early. Every hunter in camp saw bucks sporting bloody pedicles instead of beefy antlers, including me. Trophies were quickly blending into the herds of does.