As the days and nights are starting to cool it definitely is starting to feel more like fall and like it is time to hit the woods. With hunting season already started many hunters have already seen the blessings of our rainy summer that we have had this year. The plentiful amounts of rainfall has allowed for our state to have one of the greatest acorn crops in many years with these being the favorite food source it should only help the deer as well as us hunters this season. Other food sources that are also plentiful to the deer this season include persimmons, honeysuckle, green briar, agricultural crops, such a's soybean and corn. Planted food plots have done especially well this year with plenty of rainfall during the past 6 weeks during planting time.
So with the season started and the abundance of food sources the deer have available to them we must as hunters decide where to start to hunt them. There are two early season stand setups pertaining to food sources and bedding areas that could produce you the deer that you’re after. First you should scout and look for a main trail that the deer seem to be using, from their bedding areas to the edge and on into a food plot or agricultural crop field. Then you would want to set up on the feed source. Second thing to look for would be a trail leaving the bedding area but this time keep yourself deep in the woods. You would want to set up around an oak tree that is dropping a lot of acorns, keeping in mind the trees that are fed around the most. Set up your stand and wait, deer just can’t seem to stay away from acorns, they will eat until they are gone.
Good Luck to all of you this season! In the next blog we will step away from deer hunting and talk a little about one of the more misunderstood types of small game hunting-Coon Hunting.