As hurricane Sandy approaches us here in the Mid-Atlantic we all have spent our time preparing for what could be the worst storm we have seen in many of our lifetimes. The northeast just does not get these type of storms, and it could not have come at a worse time. I found myself taking this week off from work to sit in a tree and try to find that rutting buck that I have been looking for since the beginning of the season. Well, rut is coming as I have started to see increased activity in the woods and the trail cams have gone nuts with new deer the past 3 or 4 days! (those pictures will be coming soon) and my 3D targets were once again jumped by a smaller buck from what the trail cam shows. Well rather then sitting in a tree this past weekend or this coming week as planned, I spent the weekend moving things and sandbagging around our house. (We live in a flood prone area). 🙁
Hopefully this storm pass without causing us too much pain or damage to our home, for that matter to any of you as well. Please be safe and remember even after the storm passes hunting out of trees will be in soft wet ground and could be dangerous to climb. Please be very safe when climbing for the next week or so.
Rut will most likely be changed by this massive weather event and could make hunting after the horrible weather either very good for very bad. Just a wait and see game. From what research I have done we have 50/50 odds of it being really good or really bad. Back in the 80's the Northeast saw a bad tropical storm that brought rain just before peak rut and from what information I could find it ended up making rut short but intense. However, as most of us remember in the past 20 years extended periods of rain has made hunting hard and seriously effected rutting activity to the point where it has moved to the next full moon in some cases. For more information about how hurricanes affect deer population check out our article The Effects a Hurricane has on Local Deer Population.
We will all just have to wait and see what later in the week brings when the sun comes back out. Until then everyone be safe and we hope everyone keeps power and does not have to deal with flooding. However, if you do as we could experience either or both ourselves each and every person affected is in our thoughts.
Remember, storms like this are nothing to mess with, be safe and don't risk your life, stay away from flood waters , downed power lines, etc. Not worth it, plus you need to get back out in the woods later in the week 🙂
Pictures will be coming in the next day or two depending on if we have power etc. But what have you all been seeing?
Seen any giants or seen bucks chasing does? Have any cool trail cam pictures? Share them with us as we all could use something cool to look at or read during this awful storm!