Or does it seem the kill is off the season opener? Only 8 posted in the kill thread!
Lol, it was 58, cool, and foggy when I shot mine Saturday at 5,000’, and I got a nice little 5mi hike as well.I can see enduring heat and every biting bug known to mankind to head off a bruiser but to shoot does or even dinky bucks... they will be there when it's 60 degrees.
Thanks.No need to justify anything to me, you go because you wanted to.
From a meat standpoint, I prefer butchering when the high is 60 degrees or less. I'm more willing to butcher a trophy buck in 90 degree shade with flies swarming but I don't like it from a preparation standpoint. No reason for me to shoot does when it's this hot, they are a dime a dozen.
Congratulation on the upcoming arrival, having children is a joyous occasion. I purposely coincide my wife's generous maternity leave with hunting season. Was aiming for September but October worked out
I was fearing that as well but have seen some positive indicators with the white oaks BUT I have never ever seen such rapid consumption of corn.I did a little acorn scouting Saturday. Based on what I saw, it is going to be a REALLY good corn year around us.
3-4000 feet seems to be where I’m seeing heavy acorn crop around my neck of the Balsams and down around HighlandsI’ve been seeing similar acorns to last year. Normal to heavy in thin bands of elevation on the mountains, with little anywhere higher or lower than that band.
West of the divide, I’ve been seeing similar to you, but less at the higher end.3-4000 feet seems to be where I’m seeing heavy acorn crop around my neck of the Balsams and down around Highlands
Yea my house is around 3400’ and there up to 3600’ in the neighborhood it’s a very heavy crop. Same over at Pinnacle Park in Sylva where I’ve been doing training hikes (been up to about 4000’ there). Where I hunted near Highlands around 4100’ I had acorns but not as heavy. I’ll see what it’s like at 5000’ off the parkway in two weeks along with the lower elevation stuff around Fontana.West of the divide, I’ve been seeing similar to you, but less at the higher end.
Down the escarpment and foothills seem to be doing pretty good this year.
Last year was tough on the escarpment. All the feed seemed to be from about 1600 - 2000, and DEAD from there up to about 4000 until you got back into the beeches and sedges where the deer don’t rely on the acorns so much.