Early December is a tough time to be a deer hunter, particularly in the Mid-South, and especially this year. With the exception of some late rut activity in southwest Tennessee, the big show is about over. And yet, the memories of outstanding hunting are still fresh. Most hunters who put in their time this season saw a very pronounced rut that ended not long ago. We had cold, calm weather throughout November that put big numbers of deer on their feet during daylight hours. Although my personal luck this season was terrible, I probably had a better year in terms of deer sightings than any other in memory.