Another interesting environmental change was pointed out by Great Plains reporter Dave Draper, who noted the arid conditions existing in his region. While rains have been pretty merciless in the East, the Midwest and Plains are at the other extreme, and savvy hunters are going to exploit the dry conditions. Whitetails are always attracted to water, but in a dry fall that attraction turns to need. If you have ponds or creeks on your hunting areas, they’re going to be a huge draw in the weeks ahead. I dug in a 100-gallon artificial pond on one of my farms a few weeks back, and was shocked to find it nearly empty the other day. With no rain in the forecast, I’ll be hauling water there this week. Scrapes and rubs—nearly nonexistent when I installed the pond—have now popped up in the immediate area.