Shoot for Age or Shoot for Points?

Shoot For Age Or Shoot For Points?

Deer Abby:

I have been reading articles on The 4 Pointer Blog for as long as it has been written but haven't read one that would help me deal with a problem I had last year.  Since the deer season will once again get underway out here in Wyoming I thought it appropriate to seek advice in case the same scenario comes up again.

First of all, I have read about how you all like to text each other because so much time goes by without seeing any deer.  That never seems to happen to me, I have deer all over me from the time I sit in my stand until it's too dark to see.  There is so much stress looking forwards, backwards, and to the side as I am hearing and seeing them in every direction constantly.  So I never have time to even locate my phone, much less use it.  No nap, no texting, not even any eating.  This is a terrible dilemma. Not sure how to handle it. But this is not the problem I was referring to, just a side issue really.

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4PT16.6 – Insane Hunting

4PT16.6 – Insane Hunting

My preseason plan is in danger of completely falling apart. I was supposed to have a New Hampshire archery deer in the freezer already and well on my way to a Vermont archery deer. I haven’t seen much of anything in New Hampshire but did come close one night (Stupid Wind), and blew a chance in Vermont when my arrow hit a sapling (Broken Arrow). Rough start.

Despite two opportunities, the season has yet to have any real excitement to it. I have all sorts of excuses reasons for why this is the case, but at the risk of sounding like a whiner I don’t want to mention the warm weather, excessive amounts of food, and lack of quality time to invest. In New Hampshire, these same reasons (except for time) are used to explain the 23% drop in archery harvest over last year at this same time. At least I’m not alone, right?

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4PT16.5 – Patterning Mr. Small

4PT16.5 – Patterning Mr. Small

Trail Cameras can be a blessing and a curse. They provide twenty-four hour surveillance in the woods, which is a real benefit to a guy like me who always feels too busy to find the time to scout. On the other hand, they can drive you nuts because you discover that all those deer tracks in the mud are made and night and not during legal hunting hours.

I’ve been getting scattered pictures of a few different bucks this summer. Neither one is very large – probably 2.5 year old deer, but one of them might be 3.5 years old. The point is, they are not monsters, but they are fun to get pictures of. The problem is that most of the pictures are at night making them difficult to hunt (insert angry face here).

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4PT16.4 – Broken Arrow

4PT16.4 – Broken Arrow

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Everything was playing out perfectly. At least it was until I got involved.

Vermont Archery season opened this past Saturday and with it a renewed excitement over the thought of hunting in some new scenery. New Hampshire has been fun, but I haven’t had any luck over there yet. Vermont, I was convinced, would bring a change in the action.

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