October’s Outdoor Column

deer-in-tall-grassEach fall archery hunters head for their favorite spots trying to harvest their big buck for the season.  The problem is, big bucks arean’t very cooperative early in the fall and many hunters find themselves frustrated early in the season.
I’ve watched the deer hunt for many a year now and big bucks have always been tough in the early fall.  This is primarily because the big bucks hang out in the standing corn and only move out in the nighttime.  This makes it increasingly difficult to put yourself in the path of a big buck.
However, as time goes on, the corn gets harvested one field at a time and the rut begins to kick in so if you watch the harvest week by week you will see that the number of big bucks increases as does the mratio of bucks to does.  There is a correlation between corn harvest and deer harvest.  A dry fall with a quick harvest is most beneficial to the deer hunter chasing the big bucks.
A wet fall keeps the big bucks in the fields that much longer and there are some years where some of the corn isn’t harvested until early December making archery hunting even more difficult.
With modern farm machinery as it is today, fields get harvested very quickly during a dry spell where farmers can get into the fields and take a field out in hours rather than days.  Of course, the dryness of the grain is also a factor as many farmers will leave their corn to dry to a certain percentage before they harvest it to avoid paying the expense of drying their harvest.

Archery deer hunters as well as gun hunters need to hope for a dry fall that will get the crops out and the deer out in the open.

My wife and I just returned from a 22-day, 7.200 mile vacation through the northwestern part of the U.S., two Canadian provinces, down the west coast and then across country. During our trip we entered 8 different National Parks.

For those seniors traveling to our National Parks, make sure you purchase a Senior Pass for $10. This allows you free entry to our National Parks, National Monuments, and National Battlefields. Seven of the parks we visited had a $30 entry fee per vehicle; the other park was in Canada where the pass does not work. We saved a total of $210 by having this pass so I encourage every senior who is traveling to get this pass.

One of the best investments I have made in a long time was a $40 Dashcam just before we took our trip. I now have video of driving through every one of the eight National Parks which we can enjoy on our computer or on our television set. I thought you might find this idea interesting.

About Sam Van Camp

Born: Danville, Illinois | Married: Pam Van | Lives: Georgetown, Illinois | High School: Danville High School | College: Danville Area Community College, Eastern Illinois University | Degree: Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology with Minor in Botany | Specialties Areas: Master’s Degree – Fisheries Biology, Mammalogy, Herpetology | Previous Jobs: School Teacher – Basic Biology 36 years Outdoor Writer – 38 years (1 Book Published “Jitterbug Collector’s Guide State and Federally Licensed Taxidermist – 35 yearsWood Carver specializing in song birds, birds of prey and waterfowl 46 years | Hobbies: Bass Fishing, Hunting, Collecting Fishing Lures