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Deer-less, north and south

I spent the final hours of the Northern Zone firearms deer season watching an NFL football game. And when you consider I’m not really an NFL guy, preferring to OD on college football on Saturdays instead, that pretty much tells you I had surrendered to the whitetails this year.

I’m already sitting back and evaluating my 2012 deer season, one in which no tags were filled – even during a couple days in the Southern Zone, where I carried DMPs for two different units and was fully confident I could fill some venison requests for friends back in the Adirondacks.

But it didn’t happen. I can’t be too disappointed about not downing a buck up north; statistically, most hunters don’t. But I didn’t connect during the archery season for the first time in a few years, and suddenly it’s early December, I’m not a muzzleloader hunter and the reality has hit home: I didn’t kill a deer this season.

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  • $13614178

    Thats why they call it ” hunting ” !

  • Country guy

    I live in the woods, my closest neighbor is almost a 1/2 a mile away. Every deer season it is the same
    thing. The hunters come into the woods and the deer move into my backyard. Maybe you should try to live closer to nature and your lack of deer would make sense.

  • Rattlerjake

    WOW, now we’re reading articles written by “wannabe” hunters. First clue that you are not successful is the lack of time you spend afield. I sure hope you put more effort into your day job or we (the taxpayer) will be funding your life. I’ve been hunting for fifty plus years, and whenever I hear hunters claiming it was how they smell makes me laugh, it’s far less important than you think – you can smell like a diesel bus but if you use choose your location properly they’ll never know you were there. If you know your game’s habits, and hunt like you are HUNGRY, you will succeed. Stop spending more time driving to your location than time on target, and go into the woods, stop hunting 50 yards from the road.

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