Having hunted numerous counties in Alabama for 20 years I have come to this conclusion about the Alabama rut. There is NO way to accurately predict the days of the rut year to year in Alabama. There are just to many variables. Buck/doe ratio, weather, where the deer you hunt were stocked from,etc,etc,etc. The timing can and does vary from county to county and year to year. Its not like up north where fawns have to be born in a small window of time to help give them a shot to make the winter. It dont get that cold here. The best way to say it is when the first doe in your neck of the woods goes into estrous the RUT is on. She should go into estrous within a day or two of the same day every year, but the catch is we have so many does and not enough bucks to service them so a lot of does will have 2 or 3 cycles before they get bred. Thats why we have late born fawns and not a lot of competion between bucks for hot does. A doe will cycle til she gets bred and a buck will breed her no matter what day it is. That being said once you hunt a few seasons at a place you should start to get a idea of when is the best time to kill your bucks. For me if I had to pick one day to be in my woods it would be dec.28th. We seem to do best between dec 28th and Jan 10th at our place. Good luck!!!