Daytime movement: Henley reports (and his trail camera photo, above, confirms) that daytime activity is increasing slightly in southern Kansas, although the hot, dry weather hasn't helped. Doty has also seen a general increase, but he believes the big push is still a week away in South Dakota. One factor that suggests the rut is nearing: "Does are starting to chase off their nubbin bucks," Doty says, "so nothing bad happens to them." Interestingly, Oehlert, who provided some fascinating video from one of his scrapes in the last rut report, says many bucks that previously showed on his camera in Kansas haven't been back lately. "That tells me they are elsewhere looking for does and less worried about food plots," he says. Clete Frazell has heard reports of a pair of big Kansas bucks hit by cars—another sign (albeit an unfortunate one) that deer are traveling. His brother, Curt Frazell, expected to see a lot of deer movement on a Tuesday night hunt with cooler temperatures and no wind, but he saw no action and his cameras are turning up mostly nighttime movement. "I'm not sure what is going on," Frazell says. "All I can think of is it's the calm before the storm."