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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Centre County, PA
Re: 4D Reports?
Ive seen deer on almost every sit so far this year and Ive been out a grand total of 9 times including archery season. I havent seen a banner number of deer. I do scout and run cams, in fact, I build my own cams.
I dont honestly believe there is any more or any less deer than in the last 5 seasons. I will say the weather [censored] though.
Most of our season saw a S or SW wind and most guys are used to hunting 4D on a prevailing NE or N wind which means the spots that have been productive were not this year. Go to one side of a mountain, see nothing, drop over on the other side into the thermal tunnel and WALA!
Im really looking forward to seeing if I can put a deer on the ground either in rifle or late season when theres no one out and about. I think I can and will find a nice deer to shoot.
I still see what I consider a lot of really small bucks shot and thats something that I cannot change. Fact is, if you want big bucks you cant shoot the basket rack 6 thats 1.5 years old cause hes legal and the only deer you saw. I personally dont... cant make anyone else and I dont worry about it anymore, its out of my control. What I know is I cant be out there to shoot a big one if my tag is filled and I am sitting at home.
I have seen 4 bucks this season and I truely believe its because of the pressure and weather that I havent seen a big deer. 3 spikes and 1 button I almost whacked in archery season till I saw it had buttons.
Self control is something more need to learn but its like trying to tell kids to not eat candy on halloween, isnt gonna happen.
What I know is my chances of shooting what I truely consider a trophy animal with the access I have is dismal at best and I will be traveling in future years to spend my time in other states.
I will continue to hunt and fish here at home but the best parts of the season in my mind are better spent elsewhere.
What I say might not be the popular trend but at least Im not afraid to speak my mind!