It has started in the Upper Midwest: the annual harvest of corn and soybeans that busies combines, fills grain bins, and helps my neighbor’s farms stay
Overall activity status: Opening weekend of the Texas archery season was warm across the state. High temperatures reached the 90s in the southern counties. Friend Ronnie Parsons arrowed a fine 10-point on opening morning in west-central Texas, his 40th P&Y whitetail! I’ll give more details on his buck in my next report. He was the only one of my contacts
Arkansas’ archery season opened last Saturday, adding to the growing list of states with open seasons. The woods are starting to look more and more like autumn, and the smaller trees are starting to get scraped up by buck antlers.
Lingering hot, humid weather over much of the Great Plains for the last several days has put a damper on deer movement. Most of the whitetails I see from my stand or on camera are active in the morning, and then mostly before shooting light, and they are still hitting acorns hard. I’ve
Overall activity status: I hunted both Saturday morning and evening and saw deer both
Remember those bell-shaped curves we used to study in high school? Biologists have proven that buck activity follows such a curve fairly predictably each fall. Using velvet-shed as the starting point, we see a gradual and steadily increase in rub-making, scraping, and overall activity through the rut peak, then tail off as fewer and fewer does are left to breed.
Overall Activity Status: Deer activity is a difficult thing to call now, because first there must be a general agreement about what constitutes levels of activity. What makes this most difficult is that deer activity is perceived differently in different parts of the region. Deer move to get food. If you happen to be afield at whatever time deer are feeding you might assume a high level of deer