Overall Activity Status: The rut's still cranking in most of the Mid-South, but deer activity has slowed significantly on the fields the past few days, and that's often a sign of "lock down." My good hunting buddy Tim Daughrity shot the big buck in the photo Saturday morning near Murray, Kentucky. Tim began the morning in a ground blind on the edge of a picked cornfield, but decided to change his strategy after sitting 45 minutes without seeing a deer. "It just didn't seem to be happening in the fields," he said, "so I took my climber and eased into the woods near a thicket. I wasn't up there any time before the first doe came through."