From what I can gather, there is still very little rut action out there in the southern woodlands. This is not unusual as the rut in most of these areas is still weeks away. If you cannot find rubs and scrapes, what's a whitetail deer hunter to do? Same as in early season, you hunt food sources. All deer have to eat, and if you can locate an active food source, you're very likely to see deer and possibly a nice buck. Look for dropping acorns, food plots, soft mast, and other deer foods. Those with deer sign around them, indicating that they're eating that food, are the places to set up your stand.