So far a little disappointing. Set up on my spot daylight came saw 6-7 does and two spikes. Wasn't going to shoot a spike on opening day. Four other hunters came into the area, two of which saw the spikes and let loose shooting both of them 6-7 shots. What a mess. I packed up and went to a different area where I didnt see any deer. Will go back this week.
Although I hunt E. Washington...........I have let 3 legal white-tails go here in GMU 133 with hopes of trippin the trigger on a muley ;but the last day of early season I ended up letting a mule buck go that was pretty small.(2X3) Then my little brother connected on a nice 4X4 white-tail buck at 100 yds with one well placed shot to the throat with his little .243 win. The brusier never got outta his bed. He is 19" wide with a couple of broken tines and lots of mass.Late buck opens tomarrow so his will be hard to beat.
Didn't see many deer since our blacktail population has been declining in recent years but I did manage to get out in the timber and bagged a little forked horn. His horns were small but his body pretty dang big. You can't see it here in the pic..
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...