1. Trickle ruts are predictable. Since my first year as a Rut Reporter, Chris Ryan with the West Virginia DNR has been telling me that a bumper mast crop equals an earlier, more intense rut, especially when paired with favorable weather. In 2014, we had acorns aplenty, extended cold weather, and indeed, an early, action-packed rut. This year was just the opposite. With a few exceptions, the Mid-South mast crop was a near failure in 2015. The season kicked off with a 100-degree bow opener in Kentucky, and unseasonable warmth was the rule throughout the season. As I write this, it's nearly 70 degrees outside. Hunters across the region complained of a slow rut this year, and many of my contacts agree that the best of the action was much later than normal this year. In other words, warm weather and few acorns mean you can safely predict a trickle rut.