we always called not getting a buck on the first day of rifle season "getting snakebit". and whats the best thing for a snakebite? whiskey is what they told me... I was 14 the first year granny let them give me any medicine for it.
My father and I always hiked to the same spot a couple hours before day break on opening morning, there is a bluff that over looks a canyon.
He has been gone many many years now but I still sit in that spot every opening morning
May sound corny but that’s my tradition
Understanding wind currents and thermals in hilly, broken terrain can often be incredibly frustrating. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only doing right at you're location but more importantly down range. I like to use the off season to float them...