The decrease isn’t totally the result of pressure however, it’s also the result of ever changing food sources. We are in the season of plenty as far as deer foods go. This week we are seeing whitetails filling up on acorns and apples as well as standing corn and soybeans. They are munching on fresh fallen leaves, sprouting winter wheat and rye, and frost sweetened brassicas. This spreads them out over an entire hunting property and gives them plenty of ways to steer clear of human intrusion. Their use of green plots has reduced significantly since late summer but that is understandable considering all the food options they have to choose from. It is also understandable considering that we, as hunters, have a penchant for hunting where the deer were last seen, and where we want them to be; not where they actually are. For many of us, that means targeting the green plots that were put in to attract deer. The so called October lull is best attributed to a combination of changing and abundant food sources and increased wariness by whitetails that have seen hunting movies before and don’t like how they end.