"So, I was waiting on the perfect wind to get back on the 40 acre tract. On December 1 I got the wind that I was needing. It was blowing out of the SSE at 5 mph, the temperatures were in the upper 40s (warm for December 1st) and the skies were clear. I slipped into the stand on the edge of a mountainside flat next to a cedar thicket an hour before daybreak. At 6:20 a.m., just before the sun started peeking over the ridge tops, I heard footsteps coming from the cedar ticket. Suddenly a 9-point that I had pictures of from August emerged from the cedars and was headed straight to me. I had a cross wind working to my advantage and he stopped at 30 yards. There was my shot! He ran 70 yards before succumbing to the double lung hit from my 30/30 rifle. He weighed 210 on the hoof and his metatarsal glands were black. You could smell that he was entering the rut phase, but he didn't have any evidence of rubbing on his antlers. I estimate he will score upper 120s. Now I get to play the waiting game to get back in there after another Jackson county bruiser!"
Estrous signs:** There may be some late or second-rut action in South Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Does should be coming into estrus in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi shortly.