After a lifetime of deer hunting I’ve learned one thing. Big bucks are like tomcats, they service one hell of a lot of does over a wide area. Like tomcats they run lesser bucks as far away as possible from their ladies. The distances they travel plays a large part in how often they are seen or photographed in one certain area. Does and young bucks, who are not a threat to big boys harem, generally prowl a much smaller territory and are seen more often.
In one instance we had a rather large buck that had a bad foot. A large knot above his left rear hoof. Everyone within a 15 mile radius got a picture or two of him for years, but no one ever got a shot at him. Then he just disappeared.
Of course it goes without saying that they’re pretty wise too. They didn’t reach old age by being careless.
Those who beat their guns into plows, will plow for those who don't.-Thomas Jefferson