Why is the 2012 rut in the north central region so good? I attribute the great action to the alignment of two major factors that influence buck activity here. First and foremost, the weather in the last week has been stellar; sub-freezing temps at night, day time highs in the 40s, and no significant wind. Bucks that want to move have the perfect conditions to do so and, by most accounts, they're taking advantage of them. The buck pictured above, a 167-inch Minnesota giant tagged by my friend Bob Borowiak, was shot on one of the crisp, windless mornings that have typified the last week.