X-Factor: After a relatively mild summer, hot weather has set in across the Great Plains. Not even North Dakota can escape, with temperatures forcasted to flirt with the century mark in Bismarck on Thursday. That has put the brakes on any deer activity that may have spiked late last month as millet harvest started up. I quizzed my UPS driver just this morning, and while he reports excellent pheasant broods in the area and clued me into a good antelope buck worth investigating, he hasn't seen any deer movement for a week. Luckily, it looks like temps will start to break next week. That, combined with shedding velvet, should give bowhunters in the area a reason to get excited as opening day approaches.