Well, another season came and went here in southern MO. Although it was a tough season, it was still a good one. We started off with high hopes and high temps that kept us out of the woods a lot of the early season. But, our food plots grew really well this year due to some timely rains through September, and it was good, because a late spring freeze completely wiped out the acorn crop. Acorns are a preferred food source for whitetails everywhere, but with little to no row crops and huge tracts of timber, the acorns are a vital part of the deer’s diet in our part of the state. With no acorns, our food plots and hay fields were getting hammered the whole season, but mostly at night.
Along with Andrew killing “Club”, our season did have a few other high points. First, Darren and I wanted to get our oldest kids out in the woods with us, and we both had good hunts with our kids this season. Darren shot a doe during the last weekend of rifle season with his son, and I (unfortunately) missed the only decent buck I saw all year with my daughter during alternatives methods season.
But, it was still my favorite hunt of the year! Another high point was getting our Dad a new crossbow this year, which he put to good use! Shooting a several does and one good buck early in December! He’s been putting his new grinder to work, also!
The lack of acorns made our season tough. It concentrates the deer on the fields and food plots, and they just don’t seem like they move very much in the day light. But, it was still a great season. They all are when we’re doing what we love with our family and friends! We’re already looking forward to next year!
– Ben Hampton