Clock confusion — don’t forget the timers

Most hunters will remember to set their clocks back 1 hour tomorrow night (actually, the law says to do it at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, but who’s up then?)

The consequences of forgetting to set the clock back aren’t terrible. It might already be light when the youth duck or youth deer hunters get up on Sunday morning, causing some shock. Quail season opens Saturday, but if they forget, it’s no big deal — quail hunters don’t typically start at the crack of dawn. Churchgoers may see the crowd exiting as they arrive.

But many won’t be at the hunting lease this weekend, and they may forget about the feeders. What then?

If the timers on the feeders are currently set for 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. like they may have been at the end of last year’s season, next week when the general gun season opens on November 7, on your watch or smartphone, they’ll go off at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. With the time change and the different day length from January, that may not match your preferred hunting time in the morning or evening.

Most timers don’t do it by themselves, so remember to adjust the feeder times. It’s also a good time to check the batteries!