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#3109861 - 01/04/13 09:20 PM First light or last light?
8 Point

Registered: 01/06/08
Posts: 1709
Loc: Collierville

Which do you prefer to hunt? To me hunting in the morning is easier because the "after the shot" work is so much simpler. I seem to see more does in the morning but I really feel like my chances of taking a mature buck are better at last light. I seem to remember reading an article a few years ago that a majority of B&C bucks were taken in the afternoon versus the morning but I can't remember for sure. What's your take on this?
#3109864 - 01/04/13 09:22 PM Re: First light or last light? [Re: TNRifleman]
Diehard Hunter
12 Point

Registered: 08/01/08
Posts: 6980
Loc: East Tennessee

I prefer morning. I seem to do better then. Every deer I killed this year was in the morning.
The recreational value of a game animal is inverse to the artificiality of its origin and the intensiveness of the management system that produced it. Aldo Leopold

#3109877 - 01/04/13 09:26 PM Re: First light or last light? [Re: Diehard Hunter]
6 Point

Registered: 12/26/07
Posts: 863
Loc: Savannah, TN

It's about the same for me. Killed as many in the mornings as the evenings. I do prefer to kill them in the mornings however because of the daylight to do the work.
#3109884 - 01/04/13 09:33 PM Re: First light or last light? [Re: primos32]
6 Point

Registered: 12/08/12
Posts: 671
Loc: sumner co

I see more deer in the mornings, but have killed about 75% of mine in the afternoon
#3110012 - 01/05/13 12:43 AM Re: First light or last light? [Re: 74MOPAR]
Mud Dauber
16 Point

Registered: 07/28/10
Posts: 13547
Loc: Tennessee

Mornings for sure for me. I actually bypassed hunting most evenings this season in favor of hunting from morning through the early afternoon. I haven't killed a PM deer in 2 years.
It doesn't have to be fun to be fun.

Wild & crazy, can't be stopped. Only the strong will survive.

Keep your knife sharp and your skillet greasy.

#3110072 - 01/05/13 06:53 AM Re: First light or last light? [Re: Poser]
12 Point

Registered: 11/25/09
Posts: 5070
Loc: medon,Tn.

As for a older mature deer, evenings for me, especially the last thirty minutes.
The hardest thing about Bowhunting Turkeys is leaving the gun at home!

#3110080 - 01/05/13 07:03 AM Re: First light or last light? [Re: tickweed]
6 Point

Registered: 01/20/12
Posts: 674
Loc: Dickson, TN

Mornings are my favorite but I do enjoy evenings also.. Kill more deer and usually see more activity in the mornings.. As you stated after the shot can turn into a long night if you hunt and kill in the evenings, although it wouldn't bother me if it was a good buck.
#3110091 - 01/05/13 07:17 AM Re: First light or last light? [Re: lpo1981]
Hill Country Hunter
10 Point

Registered: 04/21/04
Posts: 2625
Loc: Chattanooga, TN

I prefer mornings and usually see more deer them. However, I have killed almoxt as many in the evening, perhaps because I can sometimes make it to thewoods after work in the early season, but rarely before work. Shooting light rarely starts before 7:15. Here in the Eastern time zone, Bush's extended daylight savings time really screws up turkey season and morning deer hunts in the fall.
#3110157 - 01/05/13 08:36 AM Re: First light or last light? [Re: Hill Country Hunter]
CBU93 Moderator
14 Point

Registered: 10/19/00
Posts: 8490
Loc: Germantown, TN

#3110173 - 01/05/13 08:49 AM Re: First light or last light? [Re: CBU93]
10 Point

Registered: 09/03/08
Posts: 4764
Loc: Shelby County

I have always preferred first light but on my current lease we have not seen a single deer at that time. Every deer we killed this year was after 9:00 AM and before 3:00 PM. Part of this is the property is difficult to enter at dark, I think we alert a lot of animals. Also, the surrounding land is not hunted so the deer are very used to wandering at their leisure. Another thing is there is very little water to the north and west, the deer travel east to water and have to cross my lease coming and going.
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