Just some broad generalizations... 2nd season success is slightly higher, and there are 50-25% fewer hunters in 3rd season. There is just a slightly better chance of snow during 3rd season, which helps a lot. And the second weekend of second season can be very pleasant with even fewer hunters out than during 3rd season.
In the darkness, the hunter stumbles through the underbrush, making noise and leaving his scent seemingly EVERYWHERE!
Daylight will be here in 30 minutes and he wanted to be in the stand an hour before daylight.
"I know I left that stand RIGHT in this area last night," he mutters under his breath, "but where is it now?"
He traipses back and forth in a zig zag pattern, getting himself overheated and sweaty, but never finding the stand he left there the previous evening – and eventually sits on a...