Late summer and early fall is an ideal time to check on mast production in your hunting location. It’s early enough not to spook every deer in the woods and late enough to see what kind of mast will be hitting the ground come hunting season.

Just because there is an old apple tree or oak ridge on the old farm doesn’t mean there will be apples or acorns this season. A late frost, disease, or insects could have gotten there before you.

Once you locate this season’s mast producers, mark their location on an aerial photo or topographic map so you won’t forget where they are come hunting season. Mast locations are surefire attractants for hungry fall whitetails.

Finding them now in late summer will allow you to get your hunting plan in order without you alerting every whitetail in the woods that “it’s that time again”.