The signs are all around us. The coming hunting seasons are shaping up to be memorable, and we're counting down the days. But no matter how much deer sign we see, and evidence of other abundant wildlife, at some point this fall everything will fall into a lull.
Did the deer move to other ranges? Are they changing home ranges? Is there too much activity in the woods for them to be comfortable doing what they have been doing? Were the animals we saw in September nothing more than ghosts? When the lull comes, think about my September 23 column in the Jamestown Gazette, "Do You Believe in Ghosts?"
Photo by Steve Sorensen: The doe has the fawns well trained. They watch Momma, and Momma watches me. On coming days when my hunting is unsuccessful, I will wonder whether sightings like this back in September might have been nothing more than ghosts.