Fighting: Bucks are still battling it out, particularly in the southern reach of the Great Plains region. Denton Rich of Mule Creek Outfitters (620-770-1257) in Greensburg, Kansas, sent in a report of two 150-class bucks in serious fight this past Saturday night. Meanwhile, hunters I've talked to in Nebraska haven't had much luck rattling deer in lately.
Rub making:** Rich says rubs are super hot where he is, and that's the general consensus across the region. Mike Bosma shot this nice buck (Check out those brow tines!) off an active rub line near Canton, S.D., on Friday, Nov. 5. Congratulations, Mike.
Scrape making:** Trail cam pics show that nocturnal visits by both bucks and does to established scrapes are way up right now. Keep an eye on the scrapes in your hunting area to ensure they're being freshened and plan on sitting any that are showing signs of recent and frequent activity.
Chasing:** Little bucks running does here, big bucks holed up with hot does there-- so goes the on again/off again nature of the rut just before we go into lock down. Phil Francone took a week off of work to hunt southeastern Kansas and he says little bucks are pushing does around, but he's yet to see a big buck anywhere near a doe. A bit farther north in Nebraska, Kurt Kaiser reports seeing a few good bucks tending solitary does and little bucks running around frantically checking every doe they can find.