Overall Activity Status: The late-rut states of Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and portions of Louisiana are experiencing excellent activity in most areas. Both the rut and cold temperatures are keeping deer moving, and many hunters are seeing and harvesting bucks.
For most of us, deer season is over. Extended hunting is available in Texas on MLDP (Managed Lands Deer Permit) ranches. These extended dates allow some landowners to hunt through February in some counties to meet harvest objectives. But for most of us, whatever venison is in the freezer now will have to last us until next year.
Reports about the rut gaining steam are coming in from many areas. Some of the late rut regions peak around Christmas, while others may be as late as Presidents Day in mid-February. Areas that are hot now include southern and eastern Louisiana, and most of Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama.
Overall Activity Status: On January 10, hunting on an MLDP (Managed Lands Deer Permit) ranch in north Texas with an extended season, I went out one last time looking for a plump doe for the freezer. I glassed a riparian strip the last hour of the day and saw four bucks, but not a single doe. The bucks I saw were congregated around a corn feeder.
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Overall activity status: “The rut is in full swing in northern Alabama. I am hearing of bucks chasing does across much of north Alabama,” reports Shane Dempsey. “I have seen some incredible rut activity the last two weeks, from bucks chasing does to a 120-inch 8-pointer breaking a sapling in half. Also, I have had several good friends kill 130-class 8-pointers. I expect more big bucks to fall in the
While the rut is gone in the rest of the region, in the pear and thorns of the south Texas brush country, some bucks are still acting goofy. Robert Sanders, manager of the Temple Ranch had this to share on the current status of the rut.
Overall activity status: If you can bear to be out in the frigid cold, you just might see some deer. There are numerous reports of good activity and rutting action in several areas, but this recent frigid front may slow some movement. Reports are scattered about movement and rut activity, with chasing in some areas.
Fighting: Some fighting is occurring in rut states.
Overall activity status: I hunted the Texas Panhandle on Jan. 4 with friends. It was a frigid afternoon, with temps dropping well below freezing, and strong north winds. Typically just before a major front moves through, I see lots of deer movement. But on that afternoon it was the opposite. We saw only three does at a spot where I’ve been seeing four to six bucks regularly. The same predictable
Rut activity is rampant in some parts of the South, particularly northern Alabama. Consider the recent observations and activities of Alabama hunter Jared Byrd. He hunts in Madison County and has had some run-ins with some bruiser bucks