Preliminary Massachusetts Shotgun Deer Season Figures
It was a very difficult year out her in Western MA compared to years before. Many usual successful hunters were disappointed this season. I don't know if it is due to a high winter kill last year coupled with an apparent increase in the coyote & black bear population and/or the very strange weather patterns we've had.
It seems that many more hunters were succesful during muzzleloader out here this year and I am anxious to see what the numbers look like for it. I heard of many more large bucks being taken this muzzleloader season than any other at the checking stations. We'll just have to wait and see.
I learned this the hard way last year. If you're hunting in an area with lots of bear activity, it's a great idea to stash your food and water up in a tree. I like to wrap everything in a tarp and tie it between two trees. Don't just tie it up in one tree but tie it in between two trees at least 15 feet in the air. I thought I had my backpacking camp's food supply stashed pretty well last year. I returned to camp during the first weekend of archery to find all my food destroyed. Make sure...