Those who hunt the northwestern part of the state witnessed pretty good rut action in December. While the rut has since ceased there, and will soon be over with in the west-central part of the state, too, things are still going pretty strong in the east-central region. Expect deer to be running with their nose to the ground for a few more days in that part of the state. Those that hunt farther south, around George and Jackson Counties, shouldn’t see much rut action until late January to early February. According to Kamen Campbell, a deer biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks (MDWFP), that’s the reasoning for the late buck season near the coast. Campbell says it’s been a low key rut this year. Some of the hunting has been good, but the action hasn’t been as defined as in recent years.