Im hunting when I made camp opening week there was some non hunting campers already there. I talked to them that first day. They said they had not seen any deer in there two days of camping and nature walks. The next morning heading up the trail at o dark thirty getting three miles deep I came upon a herd of ten bucks with four bruisers in it. I saw three different groups of four to five bucks the following days. It was always the first hour or so after daybreak and the last 45 minutes of light. Rest of the day nada no deer spotted. Id say that be the pattern first and last light around feeding and bedding transition areas. Didn't even see tons of deer sign but they were there likely holding to well used trails travel areas so sign not all over. Also I was hunting at high elevation. I know not your unit but likely following the same pattern.
Same here. The ones I saw were just after first light. Then they're gone. If I was hunting them i'd be still hunting bedding areas. Once they get some pressure from hunters. You won't even see them at first light.
What does "gauge" mean anyway? As used here gauge means the number of round lead balls the same diameter as the inside of the barrel (aka the bore) that it would take to weigh one pound. It takes 12 lead balls the same diameter as a 12 gauge barrel to weigh a pound. The smaller 20 gauge would require 20 balls of that barrel diameter. The larger bore 12 gauge would require 12 lead balls of the bore diameter to weigh one pound.
In general the number of pellets in a shotgun shell...