My thoughts on this early opener are pretty simple. Do I really need to harvest a doe in 80° temperatures and then scramble to keep it fresh, or should I head to Hawk Mt. to experience the amazing annual migration of raptors.
I spent 7 hours on Hawk Mt. Friday, and watched the early fall flight of broad-winged hawks pass over the North Look Out. When I headed back to the car, I'd recorded 450 broad-winged hawks, 10 bald eagles, 14 ospreys, and assorted others.
I truly enjoy archery season, small game season, and deer season, but when a northwest wind is forecast between Sept. 1 and Dec. 15, I attempt to make my way to the North Lookout. You do not need to be a nerdy birder to thoroughly enjoy close-up views of raptors.
Take your family for an outing. They will hold you in high esteem, and over-look the many sessions you spent perched in a tree stand.
If you are clueless about raptors, and would appreciate a mentor on the North Lookout, PM me. I'm retired and need only an excuse to sit on a lookout rock.