Well, Final got my deer on the last day of the season, with 2hrs let of day light. A small forked horn. Probably the smallest horned deer that I've killed, but a good meat deer. How did all the other california deer hunters do this year?
When I lived in CA I hunted D7 for several years. Always saw legal bucks and my buddy has filled his tag each year for probably the last 10 years. He got a nice 9 point this year that was the smalled in the bunch. You just have to get away from the roads and the crouds. Don't be scared to wear some rubber off the boots. Hunt the high country early and low country when the snows hit hard and push them down.
I would rather chase CA blacktails over these VA deer anyday.
Moose calling can get confusing to some, but cow calling is your main tool when moose hunting. If you go out and buy moose calls I would say you're wasting your money unless it is the birch bark cone. I find most store bought moose calls sounding worse than puffing a grunt your hands to make the call. You can roll up a piece of birch bark in a cone shape to use as a call and spend your money on a video that teaches you the basics of a cow call. A milk jug or a coffee can with a hole and a rope...