I went to scout the spot I am looking ti go opening day of archery season. It is wedged between a field, acorn trees, and thick holly trees that run from power lines. It is a sweet set! I have a couple questions pertaining to food sources.
1-The field was tilled and re-planted. Some grass is coming up but it is mainly still dirt with a few good patches. Across the gravel road is a much more mature field. Will deer still feed on young grass? The deer I saw while driving were next to the roads (paved) feeding on grass.
2-Any idea on the mast for this year in the eastern states? Beechnuts are falling but I don't see many acorns. Is that typical?
Thanks for your time!!
seems acorns are patchy here too some have a small amout others are loaded my area has not had a good mast in a few years
I have read Oaks tend to run a 2-3 year cycle
Acorns start falling right about now here...White Oaks are the better acorn deer like here.
Here in PA,my pin oak is dropping acorns and my white oak not yet.
here is a pic of the acorns from were I hunt in NC. They or a few years old and have dried and shrunk abit, But you get the point. Hope they aint falling yet. Also apples are gonna be rare this year. Had a wind storm right after all the apple trees bloomed and not a bloom was left. good thing or bad thing not sure yet
Thanks guys. Obviously, acorns don't fall the same year in and year out. I just don't seem to see many yet and don't know when they are supposed to fall. I would imagine they should be showing more by now. Probably an off year, which will be good for where I hunt. Last year deer had to stretch their necks from bedding areas to feed on the abundance of acorns. This year, they should have to move around a lot more. Fields it is!!! New growth and brush early then switch to fields mid-late October and on.
Apples are extra abundant in NY this year. Ought to be some sweet tasting deer:)
Time to hunt can't wait to my annual trip out to western NY
32 more days
In central PA,the deer have been eating my friends soybean leaves all summer.I'm going to scout next week.
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