Things have started off slowly for 'Bama hunters, not surprisingly, as their rut is still months away. Shane Dempsey was in the woods for the Alabama opener and only got to hunt a few hours with no luck. "I talked to several hunters and movement seems to be slow so far in north Alabama. We have another really good acorn crop this year which is making the deer hard to pattern," Shane reports. "I have found numerous rubs and scrapes, which I suspect is from where the velvet is coming off and bucks are starting to claim their territory."