Down here in Texas, we have over three months to hunt deer with archery equipment. However, while we have pre-rut, rut, post-rut, etc., we don't really consider seasons as early, late, etc. Weather is generally mild compared to what the mid-west, north and northeast states see even early in the year.
I've killed 20+ deer here in Texas with a bow, and a couple of them have been really nice ten point bucks. I even shot a 5x5 elk on public land in Wyoming with my bow. However, my dream is to sit in a tree on the edge of a corn field in Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, or even Alberta or Saskatchewan in hopes of seeing a real 200+ lb, heavy horned bruiser like this one.
And while on that subject, if anyone has had personal experience with a good outfitter up there who offers fair chase hunts with a reasonably high probability of having such a buck within 30 yards in a one week hunt, please let me know!
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