They Don't Leave - They Hide
Don't assume that when fall comes, or hunting season, that the big bucks, and big bulls leave. Whitetail deer bucks especially, simply hide. And they hide very well. Mule deer bucks may leave a little. Bull elk may leave, but don't assume they do. Don't assume any of them do. I mean - where would they leave to? (Just another place where, for the most part, they would be hunted.) These big animals have the ability to hide in very small, very obscure places. So, embrace the fact (convince yourself) that the animals you saw scouting are still there, and go look for them. Hunt in off-the-path out-of-the-way places. Hunt where the typical hunter hunts not. Hunt the overlooked. The bucks and bulls have found places in which they successfully avoid hunters, year after year, and grow bigger and bigger. Stay at it - you'll find 'em - and you'll be amazed when you do.