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.
Being a bowhunting I've always been fanatical about scent control. Whether it's sprays, carbon clothing etc. I've tried it. The best thing that I have found for eliminating human scent is Betadine. It's been used in hospitals and homes for decades as a defense against infections on minor scrapes and burns. It can typically be found near the pharmacy in any of the major "one stop shop" stores, and a bottle will last multiple hunting seasons.
Before every hunt possible I...