X-Factor: When you read of a late-season hunting tactic, the assumption is that it'll be cold outside. But right now and for the next few days, the weather is forecast to be in the 60s and even low 70s around here. When that's the case, "traditional" late-season foods—corn, soybeans, brassicas—may not be as attractive to deer as lighter fare, especially green browse. If your yard is like mine and could still use a mowing in a few places, you can bet there's still enough green stuff growing in the deer woods to make the hunting a bit tough. Serious cold weather is needed to create the late-season hunting conditions you've read about, but the reality is, we may not get that weather any time in the foreseeable future—and perhaps not before deer season is over. But the deer are still out there. The best hunters take stock of the conditions they're dealt and react accordingly. If you're a Mid-South hunter, that has to be your game plan right now. After all, the surest way not to get a deer is to stay at home.