Nice shot of that buck for sure!!
Wife and I have made the trip twice in the last few months to Cades Cove. Third week of October and again 2 weeks ago. In October we saw several bears, but more people than you could shake a stick at. Actually saw a man yank a young boy of about 6 out of his car(Boy was in footy pajamas) and leaving his car blocking the road carry the boy out into the field within about 25 yards of a nice sized bear. He finally succumbed to the people yelling and screaming at him and got back in the car. It is amazing at how bears turn people into absolute fools.
2 weeks ago was much nicer, less people and even though some of the nicer bucks had already shed some antlers, I did get some of my best shots, and did hear some turkeys gobbling, and shot some strutting.