X-Factor: If you were going out this week or weekend, consider low-pressure spots that haven't been trampled by the orange army. Then find the hot doe. In a week or so, it'll all be about late season food sources, but right now I'd hunt like the rut is raging. It feels totally counterintuitive to me, this late, with a dusting of snow on the ground here on my home turf, but way too many hunters are reporting breeding activity for me to shift game plans just yet. If things are slow, start scouting late groceries like still-productive apple trees, sugar maple saplings, budding cedars, or hang out on food plots with cereal grains, brassicas, or sugar beats. When the gun hunters call it a season, and this last bit of rut rage subsides, the old late-season saw will ring true: find the food, find the deer.