On the porch of Claybrook Mountain Lodge in Highland Plantation are two carved “Buck Boards” listing the bucks and does that guests and guides have shot since the lodge opened in 1984. The name of Greg Drummond, who owns the lodge with his wife Pat (a phenomenal cook) is often on the list. But the Buck Boards tell the story better than I ever could.
Here are the harvest numbers for recent years: 2009 0, 2010 0, 2011 1, 2012 1, 2013 0. For many years, the November deer season was the busiest for the Drummonds. But things have changed. “The deer herd in our area has declined to such an extent that our (deer) season is the least profitable of the year,” Greg tells me.