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.
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...