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When do YOU hunt?

I'm curious when people who visit this board usually hunt.

I usually hunt rifle seasons in the early and late fall. I thought this was typical (hunting in the fall). But after reading this board it seems that people hunt from July (Ontarget) to way into early spring (AZ javelina)!

So I'm interested. Lets hear it! What time of the year do most of you hunt big game?

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Seasons start opening around mid sept, and we keep right on hunting through late elk in february. Take a break till april when spring bear opens. Fill in with some varmits and a little fishing and makes for a full year. :smile:

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Sounds like you have your "bases covered" there gunslinger. Wink

I had forgotten about spring black bear. Colorado doesn't have a spring black bear season, just fall. I don't think many states have spring black bear anymore, although I may be wrong about that...

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Well it can vary a little from year to year depending on what I get drawn for. I primarily hunt big game with a bow, so I get deer and turkey tags over the counter however. This year shaped up like this:
January- Deer (bow) and Javelina (bow)
August/September- Deer (bow) and Turkey (bow)
September- Elk (bow)
December- Deer (bow)

Small game and wing:
Oct. through Feb.- Quail (shotgun)
Sept.- Dove (shotgun)
Aug./Sept.(bow) & Oct./Nov.- Squirrel (shotgun)

I was unsuccessful drawing an archery Antelope, spring Turkey, and rifle Deer tags this year. I am also always on the lookout for Coyotes when afield, as well as the occational rabbit. Wink

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Unit5a, do you have a pretty big dove/quail population in Arizona? I didn't realize there was a large enough population for hunting in Arizona.

I hear dove/quail is pretty popular back east, but I can count on one hand the number of quail (at least) that I have seen in western Colorado.

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http://www.azgfd.com/frames/whatsnew/dovehunt.htm

I posted this link to give you a rundown of this years forcast here.
Dove are very plentiful in my areas. In fact they are in my backyard all the time. I have been seeing quite a number of the white wing variety for about a month now as well as the mourning doves that are here all the time. Without intending to brag, I can't remember the last time I went out in the September hunt and not get my limit. I think Dove hunting is excellent here. You don't have to look for them, they come to you.
Quail hunting is also good here and I see them almost every day at work. It's definately more work than Dove, but in many ways more enjoyable if you don't mind a little walking. The forcast says the number of Quail will be down because of drought, and it has been slower the last couple years for me. To me, Quail are far more tasty than Dove.

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Thanks for posting the link, sounds like you have good quail and dove populations. Didn't realize that some breeds of quail will feed on cactus.

Sounds like the birds are getting hit by the drought. Did you all get any of your "summer monsoons" yet? They haven't really hit here in Colorado, although it has been a bit rainier the last few weeks. Hope this drought clears up across the west.

I'll have to take your word on the quail being tasty. Never had dove or quail. It has been years since I have been bird hunting. Used to hunt ducks and pheasant but the populations were pretty down 10-12 years ago so we stopped hunting them. Although I have heard lately that ducks are making a big recovery. There are blue grouse (aka sage chickens) too in western Colorado, but it has been years since I hunted those too.

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Here in Maine we start in May.
I hunt as follows:

May-Turkeys
Sept.-Bear
Oct.,Nov.,Dec.-Deer,Ducks+trout fishing
Provided I get the permits

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Sept to Oct-bear
Late Oct to early Dec-deer
Oct to Jan- waterfowl
Oct to Dec- upland
Nov to Feb- rabbits
Varmint- all year

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Provided I get the permits

Yeah, unfortunately sometimes that can be a big if...

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Location: Beautiful British Columbia
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BC hunting (over the counter tags..no draw required)
Sept-Dec= Mule Deer/ White-tails
Aug-Oct= Moose
Aug-Oct= Elk
Aug-Sept= Caribou
Aug-Nov (and Apr-June)= Black Bear
Aug-Sept= Bighorn Sheep
Sept-Oct= Mountain Goat
Sept-Mar= Cougar
And then you Can get into the others such as Ducks,Geese,Grouse,Wolf, Coyote,Wolverine,Lynx,Raccoon,Rabbits,Ptarmigan,Bobcat,Pheasant,Partridge....Keeps ya kinda Busy....Not much time for work!!
Why live anywhere else!!!

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