Estrous Signs: Not much around here. Does and fawns are together (like the doe and button buck in the photo, taken early last week), and in some cases, gathering into large groups for the winter. Again, in other areas of the region, things are different. Robinson says the mature does he's getting on camera are still alone.
X-Factor:** Acorns. While fall turkey hunting last weekend, I found a few scattered oaks--red oaks, mostly--that had quite a bit of deer sign under them. Traditional late-season foods such as cropfields and brassicas are your best bet right now if it gets cold. But red oak acorns that were ignored in favor of white oaks back in the fall will get more attention now because they're about the only mast that's left. If you don't have any fields to hunt, oaks are a decent substitute.