Yes indeed, MA is a real "sleeper" of a deer hunting state. There are some tremendous bucks living in the Bay State and it gives nonresident hunters one of the finest bargains as well. Tags are liberal and license and tag fees perhaps the most reasonable on the East Coast too. Turkey and bear hunting are excellent as well. I try to get to MA every fall and spring, for that matter. Opening day of the 2005 shotgun deer season, of the four of us that hunted together, three took deer and my wife and nephew both bagged impressive bucks during the frist few hours. This state is highly underrated and relatively unknown, by deer hunters.
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...