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 best ways to scout your hunting area is to look for signs that mature animals leave behind. Wallows, scrapes, rubs and areas littered with tracks are great evidence that game are using your area. But why not look for the single piece of evidence that you are hunting for when fall rolls around anyway... antlers. Game animals in the family cervidae shed their antlers annually. Why not use these unique souvenirs as a way of helping you fill your tag next fall?
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