Re: new to antelope what's a good buck??
I think they rut as intensely as whitetails, but even talking just whitetails regional differences exist. You mention drought, there is also buck/doe ratio, how hard they get pressed by predators etc.. Underneath all of it some patterns exist if you can sort it out, and as it's taking place in open country if there is a spot you can watch you'll learn a bit what's going on. That first week of September they will get more serious every day about the rut. Great fun to watch, but it's a more dynamic time. Kind of a tradeoff, for archery routine is better for ambush, activity/visibility favors spot and stalk.