I'm going to be eating tag soup for my California deer hunt this year. I should have been out for the opener this weekend for redemption in the state I grew up in. I exchanged my D9 tag for a D3-5 after scouting because a fire ate my hunting spot.
My goal is to harvest a deer in every state in the nation (except Hawaii because they aren't native) and I still haven't harvested in the place I have hunted most.
So let's hear it guys, am I missing out on something by not getting out there this year? I want to see some success pictures from California public land deer hunters because I never managed to harvest while growing up. In fact none of my friends have ever even killed a deer in CA. I didn't really even learn what I was doing wrong until I left for college in Montana.
Also, how many of you overcommit to hunts while fantasizing during application season (there is no offseason)? Every year it seems I have one or two tags that I can't possibly use.