Son and I are trying, but not seeing a lot of sign. A friend got a nice 5 point buck opening day. We are going to make one last effort this weekend. Talking to a neighbor, I guess there wasn't a whole lot of acorns / mast this year and the deer are moving all over the place for food. Beautiful weather! High twenties at night, low 40s during the day. Perfect for hunting!
The apple crop was actually really good where we hunt in the islands. Problem was, that they all fell early. usually, the overgrown orchard I hunt in has lots of apples left when the season rolls around. This year, there was only one tree with apples left, and only maybe 15-20 of them.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...