This past Saturday was the opening day of archery season here in northeast FL.
I took my oldest son, Trent, out with me for the first hunt of the year.
Earlier in the summer I had placed some corn out on this particular piece of property and had several deer on camera, including a small buck.
We sat on stand for a couple of hours and did not see any deer. In fact, the corn that the deer had been devouring just over a month ago was now sitting un-eaten. (Hunting over corn is legal on private land in FL.)
It was very obvious to me that the deer had changed food sources.
We even saw several squirrels during our sit that morning and not a single one of them were eating corn, they were all devouring acorns from a nearby oak tree.
My guess is that this is what all the deer were doing as well. Close to this property are several large oak hammocks and my plan is to move a stand into one of these hammocks very shortly.
I am beginning to see acorns falling everywhere and I am confident that the deer are gorging themselves on these little nuggets of goodness. Deer seem to prefer acorns to just about any other food source if they are available in any measurable quantity.
Over the past two seasons the highest concentrations of deer that I have seen have been in areas loaded with acorns.
In fact, every single deer that I have harvested in FL so far has had its stomach full of acorns when I field-dressed it.
I don’t know what it is about the acorn that makes it so desirable to a deer but I am not going to ask a lot of questions, I am just going to let the acorns lead me to the deer.
This Saturday my dad and I are headed to a nearby State Forest to participate in a quota hunt that we drew for.
We have several stands sites that we have been developing over the past couple of years.
There are two spots in particular that we are eager to hunt. They are both located right in the midst of nothing but acorn trees.
However, unless something changes the wind is not looking favorable for either of these sites.
This is the advantage of doing lots of scouting and picking out multiple stand locations for various wind directions.
We do have two alternate locations that will work for the wind direction being forecasted.
Weather and wind direction are items outside of our ability to control so we will just have to make do with what God gives us weather-wise that day.
We will keep you updated on every detail of our hunt. We have from Saturday through Tuesday to hunt this area so maybe at least one day the wind will turn so that we can get into our prime spots.
No matter what, I guarantee you that we will be hunting close to the acorns this time of year.
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Keep It Simple,