I hunt west of WF in Wilbarger Co. near the Red River. I don't get serious until before Thanksgiving. I hunt an area with a good population of resident does and a few small bucks. The bigger bucks don't show up until those does go into heat. That's when they start showing on the game cams. Early in the morning (dark) when they first start getting their picture taken then anytime of day during full rut. That being said, most of my bucks have been taken in late November to early December.
I went out opening day in the evening and saw 7 does but no bucks. No surprise but glad to see them. During the rut, where there are does, bucks will soon follow. Blindly, stupidly, mindlessly. Just like us.