Estrous Sign: "The rut is over here," according to Shawn Hoover in the western Oklahoma Panhandle. I would say the same about the Texas Panhandle. I've seen does, as many as six, in groups again. During the rut I saw only singles and the occasional double together. But in South Texas, it's prime time right now. By contrast, mule deer in the Panhandle are chasing and the does are not evading like they did a week ago. I watched one big, mature 3x3 buck follow does at midday and mount one doe a couple of times. I got as close as 30 yards.