Overall Activity Status: Deer movement is fair if you can find a food source that whitetails are actively using. Most movement is early morning and late afternoon. Deer are being arrowed in Georgia and South Carolina, just not in great numbers yet.
Fighting: Most bucks should have shed their velvet by now. Most serious fighting is a few weeks away, when we get closer to the rut.
Rub making: Rubs are starting to pop up more frequently now. On a 40-acre tract that I hunted Saturday, I saw six or eight rubs. More rubbing is to come, but any that you see now likely indicates that the area is a feeding range for the buck that made them.
Scrape making:** A few scrapes are seen here and there, but the bulk is still to come. Scrapes that are seen now are territorial and you can’t expect a revisit. A coworker of mine saw several scrapes along a roadbed last week, so there are a few around.
Chasing: None yet.
Daytime movement: A trail cam in an area I’ve been hunting showed me that deer can be seen in the morning and late afternoon, but the most movement is during the cooler nighttime hours.
However, while scrolling through earlier photos of does and little bucks at night, I came upon this handsome ten-pointer standing in front of my stand at two in the afternoon! I don’t think that the one picture reveals a pattern–but it does indicate that you can see a buck at any time.
Estrous signs:** None yet.
X Factor: Many hunters have been observing acorns on the ground already. Typically they fall later in October, but some seem to be falling early. Perhaps it was the long, dry, hot summer that is causing them to drop early. Hunters are seeing water oaks, red oaks, and some white oak acorns on the ground. If you find some with deer sign, put up a stand and hunt it.