What will the rut bring in 2013? It's impossible to say right now. Bucks should be in prime fighting weight, though. Hopefully this trend of cool weather will continue. Prior to that, I'm predicting a tougher-than-normal early season. Kentucky hunters took to the woods September 1 last year, but we open a full week later this year. The odds of killing a velvet buck (my wife, Michelle, lucky little scamp that she is, has gotten one the past two years in a row) are much smaller this time around. Moreover, as soon as that velvet is shed, the patterns tend to change.