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.
Accuracy. What an incredible way to give yourself a true advantage.
Go to your club and get a bunch of guys together - and put a target out there at 250 meters. Break out the deer rifles and see who can shoot a decent group, even off of the bench, at this distance. I think you will be shocked at how few can do it.
So - with that in mind, I recently set out to try to develop a semi-custom rifle that I could afford and that would shoot - repeatedly - at MOA.
I started with a platform that I love...