Rut Reporter Will Brantley of Murray, Kentucky, knows the region well. He spends 40 to 50 days each season in the Mid-South whitetail woods. Brantley shot his first deer at age 10 with a sidelock muzzleloader. States covered: KY, TN, WV, VA, NC.
Dec. 9--Overall Activity Status:** Weather has been downright frigid in these parts the last few days. Although deer activity was slow early in the week, reports I've been getting the last three days--both second-hand and from my truck window--have indicated steady deer activity, particularly in the early afternoon hours.
Fighting:** I'd say fights are few and far between now; I've even some bucks re-gathering into bachelor groups the last couple weeks.
Rub making:** Fresh rubs are still showing up here and there, but overall activity seems to be on the decline.