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Do you prefer morning or afternoon hunts?

I was curious as to which you all preffered, mornings or afternoons, given the choice. On a trip away from home, my choice is always both, but when hunting from home (often) I have found that I seem to lean towards morning hunts vs afternoon ones. I'd suppose some of it is because I seem to enjoy sitting in the dark and slowly hearing the woods come alive. (I'm in my stand no later than 1 hr prior to sunrise)  I really enjoy seeing the day slowly arrive and if relaxing and checking my eyelids, I enjoy the step by step process of getting to shooting light and then to full daylight.

Perhaps another reason I like the mornings a bit more is that should an animal show itself just as it becomes legal to shoot, you know you'll have good conditions to track, should that be necessary. Not always the case, obviously if you shoot at last light. So, I'm curious to see what other hunters feel about hunting a half day and which they'd choose, given the choice. I like both, prefer to hunt both as well, but given just one, I'm a morning kind of guy.

I hope this has not been a recent posting topic, I did check back about two months to try and prevent that. Forgive me if I'm re-hashing old hash here.... Huh?

 


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Same here TnDeerHunter,i'm a

Same here TnDeerHunter,i'm a morn'n person...Up in Ga on lease i'll hunt afternoon,what else ya got to dew,i mean you drive all the way there you mite as well do what ya can...Home,saturday's i mite hunt afternoon's,sunday's no afternoon,i've done that before...kill one just before dark then have'n to trail him load'n him up clean'n him and put'n him away,late,late,late,then get'n up early for work,not again....Plus afternoon's give me a chance to catch up on chore's around(take nap)house.Your right there's something over morning's than afternoon's,but if the time is right afternoon's can be deadly.Twice i've had just a few minute's of daylite left after work and on way home stop an jump in stand,well both are on my wall....

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afternoon vs morning

chrisp wrote:

Same here TnDeerHunter,i'm a morn'n person...Up in Ga on lease i'll hunt afternoon,what else ya got to dew,i mean you drive all the way there you mite as well do what ya can...Home,saturday's i mite hunt afternoon's,sunday's no afternoon,i've done that before...kill one just before dark then have'n to trail him load'n him up clean'n him and put'n him away,late,late,late,then get'n up early for work,not again....Plus afternoon's give me a chance to catch up on chore's around(take nap)house.Your right there's something over morning's than afternoon's,but if the time is right afternoon's can be deadly.Twice i've had just a few minute's of daylite left after work and on way home stop an jump in stand,well both are on my wall....

I'm very glad to see that someone else's idea of afternoon chores after a morning hunt includes a nap!  Thumbs up  I have also had some good luck in afternoons, but even just the idea of sitting down at 2:30 and wishing it was 4:30 within 10 mins seems odd to my hunter self... wishing away time in the woods. I also agree that the late afternoon harvest can be a more difficult one as you've described and I'm also prone to say that the penalty for shooting two deer at one time is: having to gut and drag both! LOL! Yes

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I can't say I prefer one time

I can't say I prefer one time period over another as I love to hunt regardless of time of day. I like aspects of both.

I like to see the pink hue of the sun rising. I like to hear the pecking of the Northern Flicker waking me up when I doze after little sleep the night before. The brief period when the squirrels are actively leaping from tree to tree to ground to tree again. Peering through the morning fog to find that ghost of a buck making his way back to his bed. All of this makes every morning special when I'm on stand waiting for a buck to show.

The evening hunt has a different set of reasons to make it enjoyable to be on stand. Mainly, the sun setting against  a crystal blue sky. The owls calling to one another from ar reaches of the swamp. The coyotes anouncing their evening hunt is about to begin.  Taking a deer in the afternoon can be a little more challenging. The blood is more difficult to follow. The chances of loosing a deer at night are greatly, but it is this challenge that I enjoy embracing.

Morning or evening, I love to hunt and can't pick one time to hunt over the other. The worse day hunting is better than the best day at work.

 

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I personally like being in

I personally like being in the woods more for an evening hunt, however, I think I see more deer on morning hunts.  Either way is fine though, and others have said, it's just nice to go hunting, period. I like the morning when the woods is waking up, the birds and other animals are coming to life.  But the evening, I like it as the cool air starts to settle in, the sounds start to taper off, etc.

It's all good..... Wink

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