Thanks guys! He's definitely a nice buck and I'm proud of the effort I put into him. I'd still like to break that 28 inch or better (he's a 24 inch buck) so still have a goal to work towards.
Ecu, the last three or four bucks I've killed have all been during the mid Sep. muzzleloader season here in Colorado and they've all still been in velvet. By the first or second week of Oct. they've usually gotten it off.
Good to know one can shoot a velvet buck during the muzzy season as I thought I would have to hunt archery season to get a velvet buck. I would have thought the deer would be out of velvet by this time of year. Thanks, SoCo...Congrats again!
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
There are a couple ways...