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.
One of the things I struggle with when afield is keeping my rifle clean and in good working order. Small amounts of dust and dirt collect moisture; moisture can freeze rendering your action immovable when you need it most. I have seen this happen on multiple occasions, and over time, I’ve learned the cause and how to prevent this from happening.
The first thing that you need to avoid before going afield is leaving excess oil on the gun. Oil will trap dirt and sand in all the wrong places....