November arrived and the weather is turning cold. It feels like January weather to me and I do not enjoy it. What happened to fall weather?

The bright spot in this is that November is here. It is the month with seasons being open for almost everything and the most anticipated hunting season — deer firearms season.

I have only been hunting a few times and of course I have not seen much. I have to say that I have seen more deer traveling High Street (the part that is open) than on my country roads.

I have started seeing turkeys again. It is not turkey season now so I have seen many all within range since the month of November has arrived. I guess that is just the way things go. I just finished checking some of my stands that are harder to get to and now am ready for hunting to really begin.

The lack of deer sightings in my woods is strange but I know that they are here. I just have to figure out when and where they are moving and hunt accordingly. I always enjoy my time in the woods no matter the outcome. November 16th is deer firearms opening and it runs through December 1st. This is the deer season that has the most hunters and most deer killed. The season is the easiest to kill deer and the numbers show.

November also saw the opening of rabbit season. I have been trying to make myself get back out hunting this great species since it was one of my first and most fun hunting experiences. You get to move around make noise and action happens fast. It is always a lot of fun. Rabbit is a very tasty animal too.

Squirrel season is open along with pheasant, quail and much more. This month is truly the month for any hunter. It is a time when you can hunt big game early in the day, hunt small game or game birds around midday and get back into the deer stand for an evening hunt. The options are almost endless.

I want everyone to stay safe and wear your hunter orange during the appropriate seasons. It is a busy time so know that you may be sharing your hunting area. I hope all hunters have talked to land owners, even those whose property borders your hunting area. It is not cool in my opinion for people to just show up and hunt randomly and then come asking permission if an animal runs back on another property after being hit. I have had my share of that and I lean towards saying no. You should know the area you are hunting and those owners around should at least have met you before that happens. I wish everyone a safe and successful hunting season. Good luck and good hunting in our great outdoors!

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