Get outside and enjoy the best of fall
Fall color sets the stage now, a growing spread of color across the north that ushers in some of the best days of the season, the best times, some would say, of the entire year. Into that blaze of color will go hunters and photographers, casual Sunday drivers and late season bicyclists, hikers and boaters. The next weeks, at most, will hold the best color and in that alone give reason to leave house and home for time out of doors.
Hunt seasons are now all underway save for the November deer hunt and one weekend hunt of note, the Youth Deer Hunt, coming up Oct. 6-7. That weekend is notable for the simple fact that rifle hunting will take place across the state and all hunters, except for waterfowlers, need to wear blaze orange clothing in accordance with the laws of the deer seasons, essentially 50 percent above the waist (including headwear) needs to be blaze orange or hi viz pink. And anyone else in the woods is advised to do the same. There will be a lot of leaf cover yet and blaze orange clothing of some sort is simply a very good idea for next weekend.
Duck season opened a week ago to generally favorable reviews; there were ducks in the area, spread out with all the water we have, but there nevertheless. Most should remain until hard storms move them out. But the week ahead should still see a lot of birds in the area though many will be in more secluded ponds and backwaters after last weekend’s opening.
Grouse hunters are not finding many birds, no surprise in that given the drop in overall population in the past year or so. But there are some birds out there and in times of low populations they will be in the prime cover versus some marginal cover that, in times of abundance, will hold birds. Leaf cover is still very heavy and until leaf fall comes it will be difficult to find clear, open shots.
Woodcock continue a slow move through the area, coming and then going as they do. The next two weeks should be best for them.
Deer hunters are finding decent numbers of deer and a good acorn crop has drawn deer to oak ridges and as we get some frosty nights that trend will continue. Typically, early October brings a lull to deer hunt activity as many archers wait now for the rut.
Fishing takes a back seat for many in October but cooler waters and the urge of fish to feed will bring good action to those who do get on the water.
Fall color and hopefully some mild temperatures ahead will make the upcoming weeks prime time across the north. Best to get out and enjoy it.
The Outdoor Report is provided by the staff of Mel’s Trading Post, downtown Rhinelander, where a variety of outdoor products is available.