I've been to the woods several times this past week, and find an almost total lack of mast. The only nuts I've found are acorns, and they are small, and not plentiful. I haven't found even one hickory nut, or any walnuts. The only thing in abundance seems to be lots of persimmons. A lot more dead squirrels on the roads shows that they are really ranging for food. On the bright side, we'll probably have a mild winter. My neighbor says that a lack of mast always means a mild winter because if it were going to be a hard winter, God would have made more food for his critters. POWDERMAN.