Re: Hunting Pressure advice
I've hunted the Northeast for 45 years, including New York State. A couple of thoughts; most hunters are opening day hunters and feel if they don't get their buck on opening day, their chance of getting one is just about impossible, and bail out. They may go out on Saturday. The deer traveling through your area, particularly during hunting season will be traveling in an area of a mile or more. It is highly likely there are older bucks in the area and they rarely follow the patterns of the younger bucks that account for 90% of the deer taken. They will move during the day, generally 10-2, mid day, when most hunters are at the diner or gone home. The colder, or worse the weather, the better. Pick a stand on a well used trail with sign, and located at a sweezepoint with adequate cover, wind to your advantage. Our best bucks have been shot after the opener, including the last day, but the opportunity for the shot is is measured in seconds, and the time has to be invested.IMO.
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