I just noticed that. But it's not a deliberate change. They have a specific set of guidelines for which dates each season can fall between. The earliest a first season can start is th 10th, like it did this year. I don't recall the specific guidelines, but they basically allow for as much as a 7 day variation year to year depending on when the the second or third or fourth saturday in october lands.
Thanks. I figured it must be something like that. If this year was the earliest it could be then next season will be the latest with each following year creeping back towards the 10th. Does that sound right? They must set the dates for archery and muzzleloader with different criteria, they both start a day earlier than this past season.
I was all ready to blame it on "global warming". ;-)
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...