This weekend I was able to get out Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. On Friday, I went with my friend, Christian, who invited me to sit in a stand overlooking his new food plot. I finally saw something…

Since I’d never been to his food plot, we walked in together so he could explain where I could expect the deer to come from. He pointed out the ladder stand which was set up on one end of the plot in an old pasture pine. Given the terrain and openness of woods behind the stand, it was fairly exposed to a deer that might be eating in the plot. ...continue reading

Spike Horn

The October lull is just kicking into full gear, and I didn’t have a chance to hunt this week! But not being able to hunt didn’t mean that I didn’t think about it each day and during the last two nights when I couldn’t sleep for some reason. Here’s what I’ve been thinking about… ...continue reading

Deer Track and AcornYet again, it appears that the deer are hesitant to fall prey to my hunting skills. I have yet to decide if this is a survival tactic on their part or a lack of hunting prowess on mine. I’ll let you know at the end of the season if you haven’t figured it out beforehand.

Other than slow deer activity it was a gorgeous weekend to be in the woods. The fall colors were just before peak and the evenings were just cool enough to chill the end of your nose.  It’s one of my favorite times to be in the woods, as I am sure it is for many others. ...continue reading

Shedding Velvet

We’ve made it to October. Thank goodness! Now we can hunt the October lull, which will be way better than the September Siesta the deer have been taking for the last fifteen days.

Tuesday evening was my last hunt in New Hampshire for a while. I’ll now be switching gears to Vermont with the season opening this Saturday. I sat in a ladder stand overlooking a few trails that led to some apple trees hoping the deer would be on their feet in the downpour. They weren’t. ...continue reading


Food. There is a lot of food in the woods. I’ve hunted six evenings since opening day, and I still have yet to effectively pattern the deer. I blame most of that on the large amount of food available throughout the woods. The deer can sleep and eat wherever they want with little reason to move anywhere.

Another interesting revelation is that the deer seem to be moving later in the night than they normally do this time of year. I have a couple of trail cameras I set up on apple trees at the start of the season as a means of taking inventory of what deer are around. Except for a few random daytime shots, all of the deer are moving well after dark. Perhaps this late movement is a byproduct of the full moon. Also interesting is that I’ve only captured one small buck on camera so far, which is not normal. ...continue reading