Wow! I was so disappointed after checking the cameras this morning. We have had a major leaf fall, but I did not see ANY deer sign this morning. The leaves can cover droppings and track, but not rubs. I saw nothing.
The cameras confirmed what my eyes saw. There was one doe on camera #1, 11 minutes after I checked it last, and that was it!
I did get a great video of Mamma bear and her now considerably larger twin cubs at the Fork. Right at the end of the video, she stands up on her hind legs.
I also got a great video of a fisher cat at Stand #2, which is not surprising, as I deleted over 60 videos of mice, flying squirrels, gray squirrels, and porcupines at Stand #2.
A coyote and a red fox, the first I’ve ever seen there, also showed up to try and take advantage of the rodent explosion.
Those rodents have completely wiped out the acorns there.
By the way, I got a great video of a big bull moose at the Fork a while back that I forgot to mention.
I’m stymied, but I don’t have the physical strength right now to scout the areas where I think the deer have moved off to.
My best guess is the bigger oak groves on either side of Mountain Road and up to Stand #5.
The other possibility is the new cutovers above Eckart’s.
I have never seen so little sign in J.E.
The brookies are getting ready to spawn. I saw several this morning, including at the spot where Debbie and I watched them spawn last year.