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early September, around Labor Day. I know my hunting area well and as summer draws to a close, I try to pinpoint the food sources deer will likely be feeding on when the season opens. In late summer I don’t worry about tracks or droppings because in most cases soft mast is still green, and until it ripens, deer won’t use this food source. Apples and other wild fruits won’t fall until late September, and in most cases will continue to do so throughout October. Wild pears are the exception. Pears usually begin falling early in September and may finish just as bow season begins. Deer practically inhale wild pears, and anyone knowing of such a site would be well advised to have a stand nearby and to hunt it for as long as the pears last. In many instances it will take weeks for all the fruit to drop from a wild fruit tree, so for deer any fruit on the ground is on a first come, first served basis. As long as the fruit lasts, deer will visit these sites throughout the day, and for that reason, I go to great lengths to find these locations. However, even though whitetails relish the sweetness of wild fruit, they may visit these areas less frequently once hard mast begins to fall. Because acorns and beechnuts are high in protein, deer need the nutrients in them for winter survival, so oak trees are another important food source I concentrate on. In most years the acorn crop can be hit or miss because oak trees do not produce a good crop every year. In the weeks prior to the season opener I determine the abundance or scarcity of the acorn crop in my hunting area. I first check the white oak trees by using binoculars to see if there will be an acorn crop. As most hunters know, acorns, particularly those of the white oak, will attract deer like no other food source. Knowing where these trees are will give a hunter a big edge because deer will abandon almost every other food source to feed on the acorns once they begin to fall. Effective early season scouting means being attuned to the food source, so I’m especially interested in what’s growing where, because, ultimately, deer will come to these food sources as they become available. Wild fruit, acorns and farm crops such as corn or soybeans, are all early fall favorites. Because deer are opportunistic feeders they will often travel a considerable distance to get to one of the food sources they relish. Deer movement is what fills a hunter’s tag, and if a stand isn’t set up in an area where deer are coming to feed, or near a trail they are using to get to a preferred food, then a hunter is in for a long season. “Find the food and you’ll find the deer,” a wise old hunter once told me, and I never knew how true those words would be until last year. In 2007, SOFT MAST is always a deer magnet. Wild apples are favorite foods early in the season. 56 GAME NEWS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008

Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008
Life & Times of the Whitetail
Contents
The Essence of Whitetails
Hunting for a Greater Good
What a Story to Tell
Three Birds, Four Shells, One Grouse
The Sandhill Crane Incidents
Nevada Grouse
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist's Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Blowin1
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - The Essence of Whitetails
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Hunting for a Greater Good
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - What a Story to Tell
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Three Birds, Four Shells, One Grouse
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - The Sandhill Crane Incidents
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Nevada Grouse
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Off the Wire
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - The Naturalist's Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Crossings
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