Third, we’re in various phases of the rut in this region. In most of it, including Kentucky where I am, we’re in the peak breeding phase, if not a bit past it. Around here, bucks should soon begin cruising again for the last remaining receptive does—and as Bestul points out, cruising bucks at this phase of the game tend to be grown ups. Farther south, on the Tennessee / Mississippi line and into areas of Alabama, we’re still a few weeks away from peak breeding, but we are entering the very best phases of the pre-rut. A cold front is the magic ingredient for kick-starting that activity.