By the time you read this, the rut will be rocking in one stage or another in the northern half of the region. Past history says one week either side of Thanksgiving is prime time in northern Texas, the Texas Panhandle, and western Oklahoma. If anything this year it seems to be happening a week or ten days earlier. Extreme cold weather in mid-November, with lows around 10-20 degrees, could also be ramping up rut action. Texas is a huge state, and while the northern half is full of chasing and seeking bucks now, deer in south Texas are weeks behind.