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Nothing....Same old story

Well, got out again uesterday for my usual nature viewing/don't kill anything trip.  Beautoful day, woods all alive, just no deer.  Ugh......

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deer

where do you hunt do you ever come up north?

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Sorry Indian, I missed this

Sorry Indian, I missed this question.  Not ignoring you.....

I hunt in San diego county mainly.  I have never really put in for anything up north, although I have been tempted to start putting in for stuff around Mammoth, or the upper Owens Valley. 

As for further north, I know some of the X zones are some of the best in the state, but I truly wouldn't know where to start.

Got any advice.... Wink

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hunting up north

sorry it took so long I hunt the B zones yolly bolly wilderness and the trinity alps wilderness very steep but get deer all the time some times they are not real big I have got a couple of 20" bucks one of the areas that I hunt seems that every 10yrs or so the bucks are very big not sure why been hunting some of these areas since the early 70's

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How tough is it to get a

How tough is it to get a B-zone tag where you are applying??

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B zone is an easy draw.  Some

B zone is an easy draw.  Some of the top deer densities in the state up there.

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SO i see you didnt get

SO i see you didnt get anything either CA_. Oh well theres always next season right? I spent a lot of time in the woods this year, saw a lot of animals just couldnt seal the deal. oh well. A day spent in the woods observing is a whole heck of a lot better than a day at work. What you appling for this coming year? any out of state hunts? good luck to you sir.

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Well, it's only 5 weeks or so

Well, it's only 5 weeks or so till Turkey, so I have that going for me. Wink

As for this coming year, I will once again put in for the Elk out here in CA, and local deer.  Out of state, I am already planning my trip back to Vermont to hunt deer with my Dad in November.  I also might give elk in Colorado, probably in the 2nd season if I actually pull the trigger on that one.

How about you?

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I'm only hunting in state this year. I will do OTC archery deer this year, And hopeing to draw mt Wenaha bow tag for elk, but thats kinda a long shot. Also will probaly draw a antlerless deer tag this year for right in my back yard. Other than that just points. I might try my hand at spring turkey this year.

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Sorry if this is a dumb

Sorry if this is a dumb question. But what kind of deer are you hunting there?

I know you make a lot of comments about not taking a deer for a long time so I was wondering if you just have a low deer population or not enough time to hunt a lot?

Or maybe just not see anything you want to take home?

My trophy standards are quite low as I enjoy the hunt so much and being able to provide meat for others.

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Down where I am, they are

Down where I am, they are mulies, but a smaller variety.  Some will even call them a hybrid between mule deer and blacktail, but I think this far down they are straight mulies.

As for success, for me, it's alot about time in the woods.  I know guys that get them every single year, and some guys fill both their tags.  They scout all year, have the deer movement down, and put alot of time in the stand.  However, with a young family, and the fact that my deer stand is 78 miles EACH way, I find little time to hunt, let alone actually scout ahead of time.  Therefore, I try to hit the places that every other fair weather hunter hits, which means high traffic, low animal areas.

I have no trophy standards.  i am a meat hunter, and if a doe walked by my stand in archery, i would not hesitate to draw back on her.  That is, unless she has a young one with her.

I am going to try to commit a little more this year.  Already have a site or 2 to put cameras out, and we'll see what happens.

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