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Old 09-13-2017, 05:52 PM   #1
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Default Opening Weekend vs. Waiting For Prime Time

I'm pretty anxious for opening weekend of bow season to roll around, but I'm not sure if I should go opening weekend if it's still 90 degrees, or leave things undisturbed and wait until the next cool down. From looking at trail camera pictures from last year, there was definitely increased buck activity in October when a front came through. I was just curious if anyone had any pros, cons, or experiences that lead them to go one way or the other.

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Old 09-13-2017, 06:10 PM   #2
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I just go when I can go, and don't worry about the rest.

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Old 09-13-2017, 06:12 PM   #3
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Same as Rick. But, the past week or so, it's been in the 60's at my place in the mornings.

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Old 09-13-2017, 06:14 PM   #4
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Hunt when you can and where the wind dictates big deer are killed every day of season Good luck
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:28 PM   #5
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The "I can't kill a deer if I'm not there" idea has definitely crossed my mind...
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:30 PM   #6
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Last night it got down to 61 here.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:42 PM   #7
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I'm moving to the ranch September 23rd. I'll get back to you in January.

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Old 09-13-2017, 06:54 PM   #8
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I'll be there opening morning for sure. I'm not trying to kill a big buck though. Any legal deer is getting an arrow this year. If I were looking for horns I'd still go hunting, but save my best spot for a little later in the season and a good cool morning.
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:02 PM   #9
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I'm a fan of hunting marginal spots early and saving the best spots for the rut, that's why I have four places to hunt. I don't crowd them too much doing that.
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:17 PM   #10
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I'll be there opening weekend and every weekend after that... can't kill them from the couch.
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:20 PM   #11
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Not always the best hunting, but time is the woods is better then anytime at work.
Like above you might try to give your "best" spots a little time, but I can't seem to make myself stay away.
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:21 PM   #12
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I'm working on my 3rd setup right now. Two here on my home place, and one on the family farm. Never hurts to have options.

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Old 09-13-2017, 07:26 PM   #13
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Opening weekend. is a tradition for me, will be there. For sure be some cooking and goings on. Then we'll see about the hunting. D
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:42 PM   #14
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It's not always about what you see are what you shoot it's just about being in the woods watching nature and learning the direction the game are coming from ..Plus you never know what can walk out at any given day are moment and beside being in deer camp is fun on its own!
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:46 PM   #15
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I've never killed a deer on opening day with a bow. But I've never killed a deer sitting on the couch either. So there's that......
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:51 PM   #16
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I am ready for the season
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:08 PM   #17
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Just being at the lease and enjoying the outdoors is relaxing for me it unstresses me out from the everyday hustle and bustle so i look forward to it even if it means waking up late to get to the blind lol
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:16 PM   #18
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I've never killed a deer on opening day with a bow. But I've never killed a deer sitting on the couch either. So there's that......
I have. Shot a doe on my way to the evening stand just last season. Rage in the cage.

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Old 09-14-2017, 07:34 AM   #19
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I'm moving to the ranch September 23rd. I'll get back to you in January.

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A fellow needs a few days to acclimate to the altitude, doesn't he?
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Old 09-14-2017, 07:37 AM   #20
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I doubt that I will. I can't get excited about hunting until there is frost on the ground.
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Old 09-14-2017, 07:40 AM   #21
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I have killed several good bucks early while others were at home thinking it was too hot. On opening morning I will be in Louisiana at a NALC dog show but hope to be in the stand on that Sunday morning.

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Old 09-14-2017, 07:45 AM   #22
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After losing 50 links of sausage to hurricane harvey i need to replenish my freezer.
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Old 09-14-2017, 08:46 AM   #23
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I used to go and force hunts with wrong winds etc. Now I just relax and flow with the wind. I've got two sets at the lease and one is covered up in pigs and the other with all the deer as it is penned off. I will hunt the spot for pigs if there is any chance of disturbing my good spot with the timed protein feeder.
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Old 09-14-2017, 08:49 AM   #24
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Cant killem if your not there
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:42 AM   #25
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Waiting till after opening weekend is like waiting till the Monday after Christmas to buy a gift. Thats no fun. Sure, you might get a better deal... but its no fun.

I go when I can go. Rain, moon, whatever.

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Old 09-14-2017, 10:28 AM   #26
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Opening weekend is Prime time for me because the rut will be wide open at my main lease. If I were you, I would let my trail camera's and weather dictate if I was going to hunt a certain spot. If you have a big buck coming in and he comes in during daylight in hot weather, I would hunt him opening weekend if the wind is going to be right. If you only see him during daylight when the weather is cooler, I would wait until it cools down. Of course it's easy for me to say to wait because I have lots of spots I can hunt so no matter the wind or weather I always have stands to hunt. I've only missed opening weekend 2 times in my 30+ years of bow hunting, one I was out of the country and the other I was injured.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:32 AM   #27
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There won't be many broken tines opening weekend, and the bucks may still be in their summertime bachelor group feeding pattern.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:50 PM   #28
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Opening Day last year! Yes, I'll be there again opening day.
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Old 09-14-2017, 02:16 PM   #29
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Wish I could do that.
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Old 09-14-2017, 02:18 PM   #30
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I will wait for prime time , but I will wait while sitting in my stand on opening morning.
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Old 09-14-2017, 02:28 PM   #31
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Nothing wrong with hanging out a deer camp for a weekend
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Old 09-16-2017, 06:34 AM   #32
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I haven't even done any scouting. I don't normally hunt feeders, in fact, we haven't even set them up yet. This time of year the birds and coons are the only animals that seem to utilize them. It was 104 the day before yesterday and will be warm for at least another month to six weeks. Not exactly butchering weather yet.
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