Overall Activity Status: In South Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia, and parts of Louisiana, we have entered the pre-rut stage. Reports are pouring in of woods dotted with rubs and scrapes, increased buck movement, and scattered accounts of bucks after does. With the rut becoming closer in these states, bucks are moving more and laying down sign. Most buck activity is from young and intermediate aged bucks that are eager for action. Mature bucks are, for the most part, still waiting on the does to actually come into heat.