We have a very big doe around here who puts the mature in mature, she has twin doe fawns every year, I tried to get her in 2003, but she caught me unawares when she came in from behind me. She is incredibly wary, and during hunting season, it's hard to even find her. This doe has an orange pelt, I figure she weighs at least 150 lbs live weight. During this upcoming deer season, she will be one of my main targets.
I think the ones that get a few seasons under their belt do start to figure a trend associated with the time of year. I also feel that we spook more animals by the way we act during deer season. We tend to sneak around more which surprises animals. During the "off season" we are more relaxed and more noisy allowing the deer to know you are coming and keep a safe distance. I know it sounds stupid but how many times are you say rabbit hunting through brush making huge noises just to come out through a wooded area and the deer are a hundred yards away watching you? All of their predators sneak up to them and we are no different. Just a theory.
Every year many hunters and outdoorsman and women come out west from the midwest and east coast to hunt the prized mulies and elk. One topic that comes up often is altitude sickness. My advice for flatlanders is to get into the best possible shape. Start months before your hunt, usually really ramping up my cardio around March or April.
I run 5-10 miles 3 times a week, and also go for walks carrying my pack with about 50lbs to simulate what could be on my back. Another useful tip is to drink A...