A Dry Start to Fall is Starting to Worry Hunters

Fall is now here but the weather changed quite a bit between summer and fall this year. Going from a wet summer to a suddenly dry fall is affecting hunters this season.

After an incredibly rainy summer, conditions have really started to dry out. These dry conditions can affect hunters as they gear up for hunting season, which is about to begin.

Chad Seiver is an avid hunter. Seiver says, "It's a way of life for me and my family."

He is a part of a web-based hunting team from Rockingham County called "On Track Pursuits."

By hunting he can not only put food on the table, it's a way for him and his family to spend time together.

Seiver insists the rainy summer did affect the deer in a positive way.
"The deer herd was not stressed out, they had plenty of food and didn't have to go far for water. Starting at the beginning of September, that all changed.

Seiver says, "We've really seen the forest floor completely dry out and we're seeing that the deer aren't traveling as far as they typically do because the forest floor is so dry."

Those dry conditions make it harder for the deer to travel quietly and make it difficult for hunters to be quiet when they enter the woods.

There are a few areas into the forest that are still green and not completely dried out. The only source of moisture recently has been fog, and some heavy morning dew.

Seiver says that's only because the foliage has not come off the trees yet to burn everything out. But in the next several weeks, the forest canopy will open as the leaves come off the trees

So hunters are hoping for some more rain to help them in their pursuit of food. Archery season starts this weekend.

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