Overall activity Status: "It's firing up, within the last week it's like the woods has come alive with deer activity," says Shane Dempsey, who hunts in northern Alabama. In that region, and in Mississippi and portions of Louisiana, the rut is either here or very close. Peak rut varies in these states by a few weeks, but it typically occurs during the month of January. Look for high levels of activity to continue. The peak rut is mostly over in Georgia, Arkansas, and South Carolina.