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.
There is one tip I have learned over the years in hunting whitetails in late season snow. Do not overlook soybeans left standing on the edges of fence rows, woods, creeks, buildings wherever it might be, this is where the deer will be while the food lasts during late season. December/January will pull deer in from some distance away to feed on the easy to get to food.
I killed one of my nicest bucks off of a very small patch of soybeans that was left after rains created a...