Hunting time during season

This forum section is for the select few who believe in hard work and refuse to “Buy” success.
  • Advertisement

HB Store


heartdart
Posts: 40
Joined: Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:09 am
Status: Offline

Hunting time during season

Unread postby heartdart » Fri Nov 25, 2022 1:05 am

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a great season. I have a question for you all concerning your opportunity to hunt during season and success rate. I'm not asking about/advice on your off season scouting or your tactics. Time is a topic my wife and dad talk to me about all of the time. I'm trying to look objectively at my success rate (or lack thereof) I'm only interested in those of you who hunt public areas because that's all I get to hunt(hence I posted here lol). Leases/baiting would change this equation. I'll start with other questions once I can better understand some other beasts time constraints. Thanks!


User avatar
OH nontypical
500 Club
Posts: 784
Joined: Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:32 am
Location: Northeast Ohio
Status: Offline

Re: Hunting time during season

Unread postby OH nontypical » Fri Nov 25, 2022 2:10 am

Good question. I get to hunt on weekends and about 5-7 solid days in November using vacation days.

I hunt about 50/50 public and private throughout a season. I don’t hunt over bait on private but do hunt some quality properties. Without a doubt my success rate is higher on the class of buck I pursue each year on private.

Success for me is defined as shot opportunities not kills as I pass up many bucks in a season due to lack of age and or rack size. My last public buck taken was 2019. He was a quality buck. I have been near some true giants in the last two years in public and private but didn’t get them shot for different reasons.

I guess my point here is that all things being equal your success rate on any age class of bucks will usually be better on private than public. Usually but not always.

Don’t get discouraged. Use whatever time you have in the woods to learn how the deer in your area move week to week and season to season. There is tons of great info on this site and on others to help you find your definition of success regardless of the property you hunt.

Good luck and safe hunting!
Last edited by OH nontypical on Fri Nov 25, 2022 2:20 am, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
OH nontypical
500 Club
Posts: 784
Joined: Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:32 am
Location: Northeast Ohio
Status: Offline

Re: Hunting time during season

Unread postby OH nontypical » Fri Nov 25, 2022 2:10 am

Double post please delete.
User avatar
1STRANGEWILDERNESS
500 Club
Posts: 1102
Joined: Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:01 am
Location: upper MI
Status: Offline

Re: Hunting time during season

Unread postby 1STRANGEWILDERNESS » Fri Nov 25, 2022 5:01 am

If I can get 3 hunts per week…Not whole days.. but chances to either hunt an am or pm, or a few hr scouting mission. I couple this with the occasional whole day off work.

Anyhow if I can get that 3 per week then I’m pretty confident I’m going to get 1-3 chances at a mature buck on public. Every season is different.
don’t be broadcasting when you should be tuning in
User avatar
NorthStar
500 Club
Posts: 1182
Joined: Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:43 am
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nick.backlund.37
Location: Southern Minnesota
Status: Offline

Re: Hunting time during season

Unread postby NorthStar » Fri Nov 25, 2022 5:57 am

I am assuming we are defining “success” as killing a mature buck? If so, my rate hovers right around zero, ha!

But, this is actually not how I define success for myself. Success is the feeling of being closer then I was before to killing a mature buck. For me, its all about getting the next puzzle piece.

To answer your question more directly, I am getting out for about one sit a week and they are usually evening sits. I have a wife and three kids in sports, so I am trying not to push the hunting thing too much at home. I also get about 6 days for firearm in November. I seem to be getting more and more time for the outdoors as my kids get older. Hopefully me getting older doesn’t slow my down! My back is not happy with me right now!
“The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:27‬ ‭NIV‬‬
User avatar
Hawthorne
500 Club
Posts: 5829
Joined: Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:13 pm
Location: michigan
Status: Offline

Re: Hunting time during season

Unread postby Hawthorne » Fri Nov 25, 2022 6:19 am

Winter and spring scouting spread out over 5 moths will help you get on deer faster on public land with limited time. If you want to head straight to a stand to hunt without the time of in season scouting. Some may disagree
User avatar
RadioHunter
Posts: 47
Joined: Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:11 am
Status: Offline

Re: Hunting time during season

Unread postby RadioHunter » Fri Nov 25, 2022 11:35 am

I only hunt public land in an area that gets moderate to higher pressure. during bow season I typically get 2-3 hunt per week, never full days. some of those are evenings after work others are morning before work (My schedule varies day to day, so I take what I can get). Family events take up most of my evenings and at least 1 weekend day.

Like others have said, I do a lot of scouting in the winter and spring months. I find december and January to be the best, as you can see where all the hottest sign from the season was laid down. By doing this the last 3-4 years I have 8-10 "spots" I check just before and during season to see if they are heating up. I hunt the hot sign and if it fizzles move on to the next spot that has fresh sign.

For rut, I have a few spots that seem to always have deer move through. its just about being present to succeed at those places

I shoot deer every year, but not the monsters you see posted on here all the time. usually 2-3 y/o deer, so maybe im not the best resource. Im a meat hunter at heart and love shooting deer
SO IL
Posts: 7
Joined: Tue Oct 25, 2022 3:58 am
Status: Offline

Re: Hunting time during season

Unread postby SO IL » Sat Nov 26, 2022 8:32 am

I hunt 100% public, 100% mobile setups in moderate to heavy hunting pressure areas. I am responding about archery hunting only and hunting shots 30 yards or less. Baiting or driving deer is not allowed where i hunt.

I hunt 3-4 sits per week, each sit being 2-4hrs, usually on weekends. I usually get 1-2 shot opportunities per season on bucks 3 1/2 years old or older (that's about as old as they get on public here for the most part). Every now and then I go a whole season with no shot opportunities on a 3 1/2 yr old buck. I get several shot opportunities on younger bucks and especially on does. Putting meat in the freezer with does isn't usually a problem.

I also do in season scouting if need be, even if it means losing some sits. I still am always learning and trying to improve. I think it's tough to get an average success rate established between different hunters because public land opportunities and deer density vary alot from place to place, as well as the hunter's tactics and experience level.

I try to use the hunting time I have wisely, constantly observe and improve, and have fun doing it too. Comparison can be the killer of contentment. Good luck out there. Be safe and have fun.


  • Advertisement

Return to “Public Land Hunting”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests