Overall activity status: Generally, we're at a maddening period of the rut. In most areas, the first wave of does have come into heat and breeding is in full swing. This can result in some spotty action; bucks are like heat-seeking missiles now, pursuing every doe they see. Does react by trying to fly under that buck radar, while still feeding whenever possible. This combination results in an often hit-or-miss situation for hunters. When you're hunting an area where buck harassment hasn't been bad, overall deer movement can be great. But if you're in a high-chase zone, it can be spotty at best.