I would've never believed it had I not seen it in person. Alabama indeed has the weirdest rut in the whitetail world. I hunted with a buddy in AL in late Jan, 2009. He was telling me the timing of my visit was perfect because the rut was at its peak. I didn't want to call him a liar, so I just smiled, kept my comments to myself, and went along with what he said. He did invite me to hunt his place after all. Sure enough, when we went out that first morning, there were fresh scrapes everywhere and bucks chasing does like crazy. Damnedest thing I ever saw! He assured me this was the norm. He also had some hunting property about 50 miles east of that place, and he said the rut peaked in Dec. there!