X-factor: In the northern part of the state, the most common status being reported is that the rut is over and deer are weary. So hunting near food sources is the key right now. Corn feeders are an obvious destination, but so are ag fields like wheat or milo. (The milo harvest is late this year due to a late freeze.) In the past ten days, the bucks that were regulars on one of my trail cameras vanished. So I went to a high spot to glass the countryside. What I found was a herd of 26 deer on the neighbor's wheat and milo, including two of the missing bucks. The deer had moved about half a mile or more from their core area. If you can't find any deer in your usual spots, look to any ag fields within a couple of miles.