Overall activity status: The rut is still alive in south Texas, but over most everywhere else in the region for whitetails. Robert Sanders at the Temple Ranch expects about another 10 days to two weeks of rut action before it's over in the brush country. Mule deer are still acting rutty in southern New Mexico and at the top of Texas. A snowstorm in the Texas panhandle this weekend left three inches of soft powder, making tracks easy to read. One fence crossing I'd never paid much attention to was beat down like a sidewalk with deer and hog tracks…a spot to remember for the future. A new blanket of snow covering deer country makes a great opportunity to decipher deer movement and learn the quantity of deer using certain fence crossings, saddles, or trails.