Overall activity: Oct. 8: Archery season is relatively young (we're in our fourth week here in Minnesota) and action has been spotty. I've recorded 6 skunks (not polecats; zero deer) for 8 sits in my journal. Still, there are great bucks being shot in the area. Most of my contacts report the same feast/famine scenario I'm experiencing. You're either into deer in a big way, or you stare at the desert! I attribute some of this to an abundant acorn crop in my area, which means bucks can not only feed covertly, but not have to move much. Still, plenty of good news; the weather has been fantastic, allowing farmers to make huge dents in the corn, soybean harvest. Once the crops are out, deer will have to spend more time in the timber, where hunters have better success.