Mark, a local member for 11 years was forced to look for another archery spot, since his traditional farm had sold. He said he's going to return to his new spot next year.
During this dreary time of year before spring green-up has been good for many that have scouted. Reports range from plenty of flocks through those that expressed difficulty finding any. There does not seem to be much difference between new and old members reference the number of spring flocks or roosts identified.
From last week as seen from the road.
Deer Regulations 2008 Approved deer regulation changes:
Scopes on muzzleloaders during early muzzleloader deer season.
Resident any-season white-tailed deer permit (available over the counter) which may be used during any season (early muzzleloader, archery, or firearms) with equipment legal for that season.
Non-resident white-tailed deer permit (available by drawing) valid within a deer management unit and one additional adjacent unit, hunting in the season (early muzzleloader, archery, or firearms) designated upon application.
Transferrable non-resident permits will not be available.
Non-resident either-species, either-sex deer stamp – available in designated units and in limited numbers in a secondary drawing of applicants who draw an archery or muzzleloader-only white-tailed deer permit.
International grain shortfalls are gaining more press time with China's recent predictions of another year that it will not be able to feed itself, Mexico's inflated food costs due to higher US corn prices, the American Bakers' Association lobbying congress for more wheat export controls and: "...Government involvement in Argentina's wheat export market...groups are staging a 48-hour strike in protest of their government's decision to limit grain exports through an aggressive tax that increases as the amount of grain for export increases..."
Brownfield Network, Wheat growers exec urges patience with high prices, March 13, 2008, by Peter Shinn.
World grain shortfalls will mean higher domestic prices allowing farmers to earn more and as the farm land increases in cost so does the unreasonable expectation that hunting lease costs should also increase.