X Factor: Steelcityhunter in southwest Pennsylvania wrote that all bucks in his area have shed velvet, some nice bucks have been on trail cams, and there has been sparring. I would have thought that all of the bucks in my area of northwest Pennsylvania had shed velvet until I spotted a spike buck still in velvet, near the middle of the state, earlier this week. Some bucks are still in velvet in Vermont, according to Marty Harrington.
This Rut Reporter, who has been hunting long enough to qualify for a senior hunting license, is so anxious for the season to open on October 4 that I can hardly keep my feet on the ground. I will be looking for that 12-point shown on an earlier posting.