The 2013 Pennsylvania firearms deer season came to an end at nightfall today. When I crawled out of my warm bed this morning the sky was clouded over and just before dawn snow began falling. Throughout the morning snow showers intermittently filled the air with steady snow beginning soon
Throughout the day the occasional sound of gunfire, muffled by the falling snow, thudded in the distance. With the winter storm upon them I found some deer feeding in heavy cover where they were protected from the cold wind.
On this particular afternoon the deer were feeding on the dried leaves of wild sunflower. This year we experienced a near total failure of the acorn crop.
As darkness descended the most dangerous time of the year for our local whitetails passed. Although there are a few weeks of archery/flintlock hunting season for them to contend with after Christmas, the winter weather will be a greater threat than the hunters.