Today, I spent much of the mid-afternoon period rambling over two Roanoke County farms as part of my preparation for the county's urban archery season. Visits to both farms, as well as my earlier pre-season jaunts around Elaine's and my Botetourt County parcel, indicate that acorns are going to be scarce this autumn.
I only found about a half dozen white oak and scarlet oak acorns and they were not overly big for the species. Although of course, conditions can change, my pre-season hunch is that Southwest Virginia's whitetails will need to be visiting fields and agricultural areas if the animals want nourishment.
What about soft mast? Friday, I did locate some persimmons on a tree in our yard and have made note of some grapes. I would be interested in hearing from other bowhunters.