Overall activity status: For fast-paced rut action, the extreme southern tip of Texas is the place to be right now. Robert Sanders, ranch manager for the Temple Ranch in the brush country, sent me this photo of his dad, Ray Sanders, and his son with a big 162-inch buck Ray shot recently on the ranch. "Rut going full swing in south Texas at this time," reported Sanders. "Some mature bucks have left their home range and are 2-3 miles away, while some seem to be homebodies and stick close to home. Lots of does in heat now so we are not at the point where one might see 3-4 bucks following one doe. Hunters find this period to hunt somewhat frustrating. If you are where there is a hot doe, there is a lot of action. If no hot does are in the areas being hunted, action can seem to be rather minimal."