Here's a picture of the Upper Salt lick stump. I sawed the stump off square, 3 or 4 years agp? It's not as pretty as the ash stump that Frank has, but the squirells have it rounded off nicely.
A 50 pound salt block will last a long time if you keep it up out of the mud. Moe's Moultrie camera died, so we don't have any recent pictures, from this spot. I think it was 4 or 5 years old before it kicked the bucket.
West Virginia's bear and antlerless firearm deer season ended 12/31/20. Season dates vary in different parts of the state, but that's when it ended in this area. The WV DNR should have the season total for antlerless deer within the next 2 weeks or so.
Above I posted a link to WV's Buck kill, the antlerless kill will tell us more of the story. Here at work we talk about fish and game, all 12 months of the year. There were some really nice bucks harvested in this area, but one thing that about everyone will agree with, is our overall deer population is way down.
You see, here in Hardy Co., back 15 or 18 years ago, there were over 3,000 buck deer harvested during the 2 week season. During the 2020, 2 week rifle season there were less than 2,000 buck deer harvested. Big difference. (I'll check the link above after this comment.)
But I also know of more and more local hunters going to other areas to hunt.
A while back I talked to a man that works for the DOH, he was telling me that just 5 years ago or so, they averaged picking up between 200 and 250 deer per month. I mean just roadkill here on the west side of the county. The day we talked he said that now, they average picking up between 40, maybe 50 deer per month. The miles of roadway and vehicle traffic have remained fairly consistent, so that should be reliable data compared to our deer herd.
I'm anxious to find out our local and statewide bear kill. Guys are telling me that they just couldn't find a track. They're out there someplace.