October Lull?: That’s what some folks call it but it could it be that the quiet week we’ve had in the deer woods can be attributed to warm, wet weather? This hunter has been out on the back 40 (back 20, actually) every morning this week with the muzzleloader and deer activity seems to have shut down. Trail cams are quiet too, even at night. Some hunters, including our group, had some luck during the black powder weekend, which was also warm. The rain, however, has brought down some leaves and brought some much needed water to streams and small ponds. Opening day is supposed to be warm, but things are expected to be a little cooler in the days that follow. Not hearing much about buck sign, other than a few rubs and scrapes here and there. Good luck this opening weekend!
We have an exciting feature in New York Outdoor News this fall and that is long-time NYON contributing writer Oak Duke’s NYON 2020 Rut Tracker, which begins with the Oct. 16 issue and should be in subscriber mailboxes and on newsstands (where available) any day. This is only available in our print product, not online, so if you’re not a subscriber now is a good time to consider getting on board. Oak’s Rut Tracker will also be in the Oct. 30, Nov. 13 and Nov. 27 editions where he’ll analyze each phase of the whitetail rut and offer some hunting tips. For the last two weeks of October, it’s about food and breeding scrapes as the Halloween blue moon approaches.
Good luck out there with the crossbow and smokepole, and let us know what you’re seeing in the Adirondack woods.
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New York Outdoor News is surely keeping me busy. Gathering, editing and publishing news items from the outdoor world is interesting beyond my imagination and in the professional world there’s been little time for anything else. As for the status of ADKHunter, we’re keeping things going for now and plan to going forward. There may be some delays in processing things such as photos, but we will do our best to keep up.