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.
Deer hunters spend so much time trying to pattern deer that we forget that we also can be "patterned." After all, most of us hunt the same days and the same hours, so it isn't difficult for deer to figure us out.
While we would never recommend giving up hunting the traditional moving times for deer -- early morning and late evening -- it's important to keep in mind that deer will move at other times of the day. Sometimes hunting through lunch, or getting in your stand earlier than usual for an...