6 deer on 1 tag? Holy cannoli! I grew up hunting in North Dakota, Montana, and Minnesota... 1 tag, 1 deer... always gender specific.
Like several others, I grew up hunting with family in ND. They'd sit up on the ridges and send me down at 6 years old to go trapsing through the undergrowth to move deer forward. Typical deer drives in the badlands of ND.
I shot a .22, my BB gun (can't beat the price of that ammo!), and my bow for hours on end out at my Dad's place. I shot entirely free hand without sights or any of the fancy gear on a bow picked up at a local pawn shop. My Dad had more of the high end stuff. Was always funny though, he could put 12 arrows in a 3" circle... of course that meant if he missed with #1, numbers 2 through 12 were going to as well. I would hit a 1 foot paper plate from anywhere but I would hit it everywhere
As for bow hunting, only went once. It was a good experience but I prefer the active stalking with a rifle to the sit and wait game of a bow. Some family issues caused me to give up all hunting since then. Hope to get back into it now that I'm back in the "west" in Utah. I'm thinking chasing Elk around with a bow sounds like a lot of fun :) The better weather and longer season are both appealing too!
One of the best ways to scout your hunting area is to look for signs that mature animals leave behind. Wallows, scrapes, rubs and areas littered with tracks are great evidence that game are using your area. But why not look for the single piece of evidence that you are hunting for when fall rolls around anyway... antlers. Game animals in the family cervidae shed their antlers annually. Why not use these unique souvenirs as a way of helping you fill your tag next fall?
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