When it comes to observation, we can always count on Mid-South rut reporter Will Brantley. Will is an expert at taking his personal field experience and translating it into valuable information for hunters in his region. Brantley's encounter with two nice bucks in a stand of white oaks (which almost resulted in a shot), is supported by input from guide Harry Pozniak, who observes a drastic and sudden shift in preferred whitetail foods now; many early-season attractions (mineral licks, soybeans fields, even food plots) are being abandoned as whitetails seek out discrete food sources like acorns and persimmons. To further stress the importance of reading and interpreting sign, Pozniak notes that sometimes the trees with the least amount of visible fruit are the ones whitetails are hitting the hardest! This matches my experience as well; when I scout an oak stand, for example, I'm not looking for acorns as much as I am deer sign. Tracks, rubs and other fresh spoor near specific trees will tell me which spots the deer like best.