My son-in-law David Reynolds and I spent this morning scouting for deer on various properties in Craig County, Virginia and Monroe County, West Virginia. We checked on stand sites, looked for deer and turkey sign, and, most importantly, assessed the acorn crop.
Our most important finding was that there seem to be more acorns this year than last. I noted scarlet oak and black oak acorns at several sites, though I found no white or chestnut oak acorns anywhere. Of course, it is still early in the "acorn dropping" arena, but, still, we were encouraged about what we found.
I have my compound bow and two crossbows sighted in, but I have not begun work on preparing my shotgun, rifle, or muzzleloader for the season ahead. That needs to be done shortly, as I like to have things prepared well in advance. And, of course, more scouting will be done as well.