The last few days of October usually mark the beginning of primetime in the Northeast, just as it does in much of country. Warm weather in the middle of the month seemed to portend a slow start to rutting behavior, but then a blast of colder air moved in just in time. Last Wednesday and Thursday, we got about 3 inches snow here in east-central New York. Before the storm, I'd been seeing very little buck sign on the properties I hunt. Afterward, I went on a midday speed-scouting run and found several travel corridors suddenly blown up with fresh rubs.