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Late archery season strategy
Virginia
Contributors to this thread:
ScottB 12-Feb-17
tonyo6302 12-Feb-17
ScottB 12-Feb-17
tonyo6302 13-Feb-17
ScottB 13-Feb-17
tonyo6302 13-Feb-17
ScottB 13-Feb-17
tonyo6302 13-Feb-17
Mike D 14-Feb-17
ScottB 14-Feb-17
ScottB 14-Feb-17
Mike D 14-Feb-17
ScottB 15-Feb-17
From: ScottB
12-Feb-17
Any tips for late archery success this time of year? I've been out in Loudon County a couple of times but haven't even seen a deer - not really much recent sign either.

From: tonyo6302
12-Feb-17
When I was hunting with Suburban Whitetail Management of Northern Virginia, late Jan thru mid March were dreary times. Not much movement at all.

They tend to herd up, and when you get movement, it will be with Multiple Does, 10 - 30 all herded up.

Not much shooting light Buck movement Jan thru mid March.

From: ScottB
12-Feb-17
Thanks Tony. Long time no talk. Hope all is well. I'm beginning to think that's the way it will be.

From: tonyo6302
13-Feb-17
You still with NSA ?

From: ScottB
13-Feb-17
No. Left a couple years ago when the rules on inactive members changed. Had enough.

From: tonyo6302
13-Feb-17
The Lumbar Company sold Mill Creek, and the new owners would not lease it to NSA.

Remember that spot I took you to several years ago, I called that Rub Ridge. Anyway, they timbered the lower section 3 years ago, and they timbered Rub Ridge two years ago.

I killed a lot of Deer on Rub Ridge. I will surely miss Mill Creek and Rub Ridge.

:^( ................

From: ScottB
13-Feb-17
Seems like they'd lose a property as soon as I used it enough to put up a stand...

Back on topic -- when you did see deer, did it tend to be one time of day over another?

From: tonyo6302
13-Feb-17
This time of year, it was usually morning movement.

Maybe Mike D will chime in here.

From: Mike D
14-Feb-17
Yea, like Tony said it can be tough. Winter herds will be feast or famine. If you can, use a different stand location with tons of cover. 20 deer can be educated in a minute. Hunt the food. I have gone out after a decent snow and uncovered winter feeding areas a day or more before a hunt. Good luck!!

From: ScottB
14-Feb-17
Thanks for the info! Not much cover where I'm hunting so I am hoping to get between them and food. So far I've only been able to hunt afternoons and haven't seen a thing. Maybe morning is different...

From: ScottB
14-Feb-17
Thanks for the info! Not much cover where I'm hunting so I am hoping to get between them and food. So far I've only been able to hunt afternoons and haven't seen a thing. Maybe morning is different...

From: Mike D
14-Feb-17
Do you have cameras out?

From: ScottB
15-Feb-17
No, I do not. The properties I have access to for late season are pay as you go, and I'm still trying them out. Minimal trips afield due to pay as you go construct.

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