I saw a surprising number of good bucks very late in the season, despite noticing a lot of shooting and hunter activity in the area throughout the first half of the season. In retrospect, much of the shooting was probably hunters taking hogs and does. It likely caused the bucks to stay more active at night until the final weeks of the season when food became much harder to find. My last hunt was this past Saturday morning when I watched four bucks work my food plot, one of which was a very nice eight that should be a hoss next season. I also suspect two other good bucks that I saw one another nearby tract will be awesome deer next season.
I'm definitely seeing a trend where hunting gets very good late in the season after all those who hit the woods heavy during the first half of the season when browse was much more abundant have given up and let the woods go quiet again. Like last year, I took a nice buck this season during the week between Christmas and New Years.