opening and early season evenings are the best for my area. as the days cool off later then i will hunt moring and evenings. during rut somtimes i don't make the stand til after 8 or 9 and stay all day. have caught them moving more as the day progressed and they will actually lay and rest a bit i hve watched them lay down during rut because of being tired
Here in the low country of SC our season opened yesterday. It seems that in this area during the early season the deer head back to their bedding grounds fairly early. However, you can ussually catch them coming out to the fields during the early evenings just before dark. I do agree with BingoFlyer, that dressing them out in the dark $ucks!!!!!
I like hunting when the big buck is under my stand no matter what time it is!! But seriously I like the morning hunts later in the season. I have had more luck in the mornings. Plus its easier to shoot with more light and to track and field dress. There is nothing quite like being up in your tree in the dark on a cold crisp morning and then watch the woods come alive. I think evenings are probably better during the early season but only like the last 30 minutes of shootable light.
I'm an evening type of guy and have killed more deer in the evening than morning. I do enjoy morning hunting, but most of my sections/woods are better tuned for evening hunts. During the rut, I hunt whenever I can.... last year I sat in stand until I went 30 minutes without seeing a deer.... guess what? I was in stand all day!!!!!! I saw three monsters that day and it was the best hunt of my life even though I didn't take anything home with me but the memories!
I'll tell you that it is easier for me to hunt evenings because I know when quitting time is and the closer the quiting time, the better my odds are for seeing deer. The reverse is true for morning hunting... typically, your odds on a morning hunt only get worse as time ticks by.
I like the morning hunts just because I like Mornings. Sunrise and the cold frost mist when that buck is 10 yards away. The air is crisp and clean, then the day starts to warm up I am in heaven just thinking about the days to come.
Evening hunts I don't like but I hunt the evening.
I don't like seeing deer and running out of legal shooting time.
I don't like the wind change and the temp drop.
When hunting new spots I don't like the chance of getting turned around when darkness sets.
I have shot many deer and dragged them out after supper and have them hanging 11:00 PM.
I do enjoy tracking at night.
I like to hunt in the evenings but due to my work schedule I have more flexibility to hunt in the mornings. During the month of November and December, I try to get some bowhunting in starting at 9:00 or 10:00 A.M. and stay til dark.
I'm a morning person..oh right we're talking hunting... But, even with hunting I've had way more success in the A.M. ,even before 9 A.M. I'd say. That said, alot of hunting guides and outfitter friends of mine say that they would trade the last 10 minutes of daylight for the rest of the day in terms of getting a client to connect with an animal. Personally I like having the rest of the day to deal with getting my beast out of the woods.
I like to get out early if I know exactly where I'm going w' my stand, and stay all day. I bring water, food, a pee bottle, a good book, and sometimes a radio w' an earphone. As a result, I've taken deer at all legal hours.
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