It has been a tough winter. I can’t recall this much grain still in the fields. The cold rain has flooded lots of crops, made access with equipment impossible in many areas, and created misery and dislocation for a lot of wildlife. Most of the deer were harvested in bow season, I think. Crossbows are becoming more popular all the time. Several of my rifle hunting buddies haven’t been able to get back into the areas where they normally hunt, and the season is essentially over. A significant number of big deer got a pass because they couldn’t be hunted. It will be interesting to see the deer next year. Brian has been surprised by the low numbers of deer hunters. He stays busy, though — poachers are generally tough and smart about timing and location.