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Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: State College, PA
Re: I officially hit the panic button.
Yep, here in 4D, bear comes in starting thurs-Sat. Doe comes in Sat too. Plus as the season moves on, people tend to start driving as they try to fill unfilled tags. The weather has dropped 20 degrees into the 40's as a high vs 60's on opening day. The deer, and hunters will be on the move, meaning the deer should move better. I'm fully confident this Sat, will prob be darn near as good if not better than opening day, I agree w/ others....lots of time yet.
Lack of acorns has def been a problem for mtn hunters, the vast majority of deer killed from who I've talked to and witnessed, vast majority of deer shots/action has been down low around field edges in the thick stuff the opening few days. But as pressure mounts, day after day, those deer will flee those fields earlier and earlier and move into thicker cover, and go high if they need to in order to flee the orange army even if there is no food there. This is where I still plan to be to ambush these deer....and there's something a bit magical in my book about hunting those "survivor, big deer". I may win/lose w/ that plan, but 20+ yrs of experience tells me to stick to the game plan.
Stay positive, enjoy yourself in the woods, be greatful for everyday you have to hug a tree. There's a heck of a lot worse things than an uneventful day in the woods. Pullin' the trigger is the extra for me, and takes all the pressure off which is a nice place to be when opening light cracks. I firmly believe, when one is overly focused on killing for whatever reason, it can become a way harder ordeal. Ever notice when you relax, and have little care/need to harvest, the opportunites have gone up?!? I have......
Best of luck man, mix things up. Scout new grounds, try new tactics, etc. Enjoy yourself out there, no need to panic. If you truly need the meat to survive for you and your fam, shoot me a PM and I'll be glad to help fill your freezer w/ the blessings I've received this yr, no money/questions asked. If meat isn't an ABSOLUTE neccessity...then enjoy the woods....and the trickery that goes on when hunting whitetails!
I live to hunt....and hunt to live!