I might just do it! Rifle is dialed in. Game bags, backpack, stuff, etc. are already in the rig, ready. Got a place in mind. Now all I need to decide is whether or not I really want that tag, because once I pick a zone, that's the (only) zone the tag is good for. I'd like it better if the tag were more `universal' - as there are some other places I'd like to hunt, also.
I debated buying the early rifle tag for weeks and did... but I'm seconding my decision. I took a PT job working for a farmer "in the desert" and would see a pretty good number of elk around dusk comming in to feed on the hay and potato fields all summer long. Opening weekend, my friend shot a 6x6 and 3 other hunters shot the other 3 big bulls I had my eye on.
I've been hunting the area where I saw elk every day for the past 4 weeks and havent seen one. They moved somewhere, just dont know where. I've seen some big antelope thou.
the good thing is... the hunt goes till Dec 31 and as I would have liked to take one of the bigger 300+ bulls I saw early on, I am hunting to fill the freezer so I might just quit and wait till the snow flies, load up the sled and venture out later on in the year.
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...