Sounds like you get to enjoy public lands too Deepdiver. I don't have any private land I can hunt and my sentiments are about the same. You'll see some clowns and early archery is the best time of the year.One of the dumbest things hunters do is look through their rifle scope at other hunters in International Orange gear to see if they know you... If you look back at them with your scope tends to cure them of this habit...
To anyone new to hunting, my advice is:
- Start scouting in the next couple weeks (if you can hunt Oct). I typically spend more/equal time scouting and setting up trail cams compared to hunting time. I have never lost a cam to theft.
- Newer hunters may find it easier to identify "edges" field/woods line that are popular more than individual deer trails, scrapes, and such.
- The next three months I've found deer pattern predicably and only changing based on food sources and cycles. Its different hunting than the "rut" season. I think it can be more predictable and easy earlier in the season and you see some really big herds. If you find a herd utilizing a field a week or two before the season opens...it's a good bet they will still be there when the season starts. They may move on within another week or two however.
- Don't rule out a blind over a tree stand (especially if you hunt an edge). Terrain dictates but grassy conditions around fields before deep woods are great opportunities for a blind.