X-Factor: Weather and pressure. If cooler temps continue, expect solid rut activity to continue. Significant rains—forecast for this week—could slow hunter activity until conditions improve. Also, firearms seasons are soon to start (or have already) in the region; Minnesota opened this past weekend, and Michigan and Missouri will open soon. While this influx of hunter pressure won’t interrupt breeding, it may alter where that action occurs. Expect pressured deer to shift their rutting activity to secluded, off-beat or thick cover, where they encounter less hunting pressure.