Im not buying the Latitude idea. I live in Florida and although we dont have the numbers nor the size of deer that you guys do they are fun to hunt none the less. Our rut here in the central part of the state starts about the third week of October and runs through the end of the month. It makes for a very interesting Muzzleloading season. I have a lease in Midway Alabama that borders the ENON Plantation. We have a neighbor to the south with a 1200 acre high fence area. Last March the University came in and Killed 10 does for research. After back dating the embryos they determined that all 10 had been bred between the 4th and the 15th of January. We did not even go to camp until the 17th because we thought the rut usually started the last two weeks of January. Needless to say we missed it and did not even know it. We have been trying to predict the rut in alabama for years and we hit it abaout half the time. What we are trying this year to hit the alabama rut is to have someone at camp all month in January. We take 5 day shifts and we all help keep track of whats going on in the woods. My dad and i just got back from our tour and they are starting to chase already. Nothing serious but they are getting antsy but are still nocturnal. We are packed and ready to head out any day that the other guys at camp send the word that its time!!!!