dude, first off i just wanna say congratulations, a friend of mine went up there 3 days after the the season closed and said the majority of the deer are hanging around where the new fire was, getting all that fresh growth, my aunt shot a nice 25" 4x4 with mass throughout the whole rack with strong fronts and backs the hunt is basically a no brainer whatever u do dont shoot the first one, wait it out, also call a biologist thats what they get paid for. Josh
Yeah, I did draw the tag, it only took me 15 years. Now I have to make the most of it. I haven't hunted with a rifle in 25 years, I have only been flinging arrows. From the looks of the terrain I might be able to do a spot and stalk, but I think I'll use a fire stick. Which brings us to the meat of the issue. Any one have history with the area, if so what is the minimum I should take a crack at, antler wise.:archer green:
Although I haven't hunted with a rifle in some time, the shooting shouldn't be a prob, I'm a sniper on a local team. I would say I'm not worried about conditioning, but 4000 to 9000 feet can turn any flat lander into an air sucking pile of dung.
Although I haven't hunted with a rifle in sometime, but the shooting won't be a prob. I would say I'm not worried about conditioning, but 4000 to 9000 feet can turn any flat lander into an air sucking pile of dung.
If you go for the opener, and the first few days the rifle hunters seem to wreck your plans or shoot your deer, do not compromise and shoot a smaller one or go to your rifle. If you can hunt the whole two weeks, you will be almost alone at the end(or even after the first few days) and weather could even bring new deer in. If you get pictures of deer you draw on and let walk, they will be enjoyed forever and you can keep hunting. Weather will be a huge factor in where you hunt. For the first few days I would find a spot off the road and not popular. Glassing from whitney portal (I think that is the name) road up above the trees, you may get lucky and spot a big one that no one else sees and you could go after by yourself in the trees. Baxter pass has some areas that can not be seen from the road as well. If my days were numbered, I would take them all hunting and not preseason scouting. If they were not numbered, I would take a week before and both weeks of the season off for that tag. Then pray you get your deer the last day so you can keep hunting that great hunt. Remember, this is your hunt and your trophy. I passed on two deer with my bow that were bigger than the one I shot. Then I went way up high with a rifle (above the tree line) and passed one deer that was bigger than the one I shot with a rifle. I have no regrets other than I should have taken my bow the last day too. I shot a beautiful deer that I had a great time chasing around and had to finally shoot in the neck hiding in the pines. The stupid park deer down by the road that let me photo it and walk up to 50 feet away before it walked off would not be as memorable to look at on my wall. Just be patient and schedule as much time letting deer walk as you can before you shoot one and end your hunt. Unless that huge freak of nature appears and gives you a shot of course! Otherwise, you will see tons of deer and have opprtunitys like you have never had before. Again, you have to decide what is important to you in this hunt. Biggest deer for the wall? Shooting it with a bow? Amount of time glassing and stalking beautiful bucks? Thrill of letting a buck you would normally get shaky looking at walk away to chase another day if you don't find a bigger one? Waiting too long and settling with one much smaller than you could have had? Seeing one much bigger the day after you fill your tag? Figure out your priorities and spend as much time as you can enjoying your winning lotto prize! PM me if you want some places to go.