Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Scout21, Nov 24, 2022.
Same for me in Arizona forty years ago. In over a decade of hunting the majority of my deer were taken between 1500 and 1800. In late morning I would find a place to nap just like the deer. When they began to stir in the afternoon I did also. There were times when I woke from late morning naps to find deer around me. Rather than being out of place I became a feature in the place. Miss those days.
I think I'll try hunting later in the day this season..?
I hate cleaning deer at night so I am much pickier in the evening.
Yeah, also not a fan...
Been over seven years since I hunted or drank. Do miss the hunting. Don't miss the drinking.
There were few houses, no established developments and most of the side roads were dirt. We always drove up the road and into an old CCC road that was lined with parked cars wherever one could be pulled off the road. You brought lunch and sat where you were told and nodded to all the woolrich tuxedos walking by spending my opening day off from school trying to grow antlers on all the deer I saw running by.
The growth of archery along with the reduction of the opening day crowd changed things but I kept wandering around the same places. My cousin has a camp near mine and is right up against the closest development. The family takes multiple deer every year off the ridge and swamp across the street from the houses.
Having reached the age where I qualified for my PA lifetime combo and my wandering days are gone, I have two stands literally behind the cabin using the one where the wind is in my face. I eat lunch in the cabin, nap some and spend the late afternoon in a stand. I see a lot more deer.
Most of the deer I've shot in the early am were doe. Buck from 11 am on, many around lunch time when others were walking around.
This year I walked back out at 3:30 and the buck fell at 4:11 with enough time to dress and drag onto the hitch haul for the quick trip to the local butcher.
When I was a kid, my dad would say, "we are staying out through lunch, because that's when the town hunters will be going in for lunch and moving the deer."
He was pretty much right too.
I feel that, taken a few mulies on the mountain when I was blinded by my own muzzle flash in the evening. Makes for a long (but memorable) pack out in the dark. This year’s was a pleasant exception.
I often climb down out of my stand and snooze ( at the base of the tree) around 10:30-11:30
then, quietly climb up again before late afternoon
i kill more in the morning
I do all my "hunting" in the off-season. Find the place the quarry regularly pass by . . . is there a better way? When season opens, that is where I go and wait - usually for an hour or less. Really not hunting, more like planning.
Truth. I used to notice that around 9:00am, I'd hear a lot of "boredom" shots, guys getting bored, shooting squirrels or pine-cones, and then going back to camp. If my partners and I would meet up around noon and decide to move/drive to another spot, there'd be guys sitting around all the camp-fires at their camps, drinking beer. I called them the "beer hunters"!!!
No reason to freeze anymore, but yeah, back in the day, jeans, cotton underwear, wool shirt and jacket, I sure froze a few times. Now getting too hot is the problem.
And also, I'd rather be in the woods/wilderness or mountains than in a truck, or home doing chores. I'd rather be there than anywhere.
As a teenager (13-14ish) my dad was in a club and we hunted all day, sometimes a quick return to camp for and hr or so mainly to eat and relocate. I clearly remember being in the woods and hearing 4 wheelers crank and drive off around 8-9 in the morning. I almost never saw anything until about 10 or so.
I also remember mentioning it dad and he told me to keep that to myself. Lol
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