airedale Posted November 8, 2022 Share Posted November 8, 2022 (edited) Where I do most of my hunting is still feeling the effects of the Gypsy Moth infestation from last year. They defoliated all of the mast trees so there was almost zero acorns or beechnuts. Made the defoliated woods around here look like winter in the summer. This past summer there was some recovery for the trees but with leaves only, none of my apple trees had a blossom, the oaks bear no acorns and same for the beech trees, no beechnuts. Without food game animals move on to greener pastures, I have been seeing few Deer, and few Squirrels, been giving what few Squirrels I see get a free pass and the same for Deer so far. I have a good friend that has a large farm not too far from me that was untouched by the moths so if I really want to kill something I guess I will be hunting his place. At this stage of the game for me it is just fun getting out into the woods and hunting, I really do not need to take any game but I still sure like to see some activity. Hopefully next year things up this way improve for the forests and recovery improves. A couple of photos from last spring when the moths were just getting started. Edited November 8, 2022 by airedale 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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