I am looking at OTC this year and was wondering if anyone would be willing to share your knowledge or any advice on either of these units. I am studying maps and the net, but experience is best. Thanks for your time.
I always suggest you hunt 3rd season rather than second. The success rate does drop just a hair, but the hunter density also drops a lot.
Check this out, success in 25 and 26 goes from 21 and 19% (5 yr average) in 2nd season to 14.4 and 17% respectively in 3rd season.
But, look at the public land hunter density (assumes all hunters on public land), it goes from 6.4 and 6.6 hunters per sq mile in 25 and 26 to 5.2 and 4.4 hunters per sq. mile of public land. And by the way, that's a lot of hunters.
Instead, I'd suggest a unit like 22 which is huge. The 3rd season hunter density is 1.3, and avg success is 20.8%.
But if you've already made up your mind on going to 25 or 26, I know a little about the King Mountain Area.
I am not set on 25, 26 my buddy wants to. I personally want to spend more time down south 71, 75, 751, 77, 78. I have even heard 43 is a sleeper. I like solo, so pcking in a ways is how I like to do it. Thank you for your help.
The higher elevation portions of 25 and 26 (which is most of the units) may see significant snow storms by third season (or during third season) and may not be that great of a hunt. If it stays warmer though the third season could be a better pick than second season.
If your doing third season OTC, you could try 25 and 26 to start with and then head over to 22 if it doesn't pan out. You can also do some of the OTC units on the east side of highway 13 for that matter.
Here is the scenario... you sit in your 2 piece climbing stand and your foot inadvertently bumps the lower section while there is no weight on it - and it slides down the tree, out of reach!
OK, you are safe - you have a string tied from the upper section that you are sitting on and the foot portion that slid 4-5 feet down the tree. All you have to do it pull the other section up, reposition it and you are back in business, correct?
Have you ever tested this theory?
I have -...