As we get into December, deer are beginning to return to their traditional bed to feed patterns. Typically though, the majority of daylight activity is occurring in the afternoon and evenings. Most deer are returning to their bedding areas early enough that morning encounters are hard to come by—especially when it comes to mature bucks. And your chances are high of bumping those bucks that are headed to bed. For these reasons, I tend to only hunt evenings during the late season.