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Old 07-26-2020, 06:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am struggling through the pros and cons of an early starting hunt. I have an archery doe tag that opens August 1st and goes to September 11th.
So I am curious what are your thoughts? Early hunt means no pressure but hot weather. Or do i wait and hope it cools off or would the aninals gain any significant amount of weight by early september. To clarify I plan on at least hiking, glassing and making stalks as soon as it opens to get some reps in before my other hunts. This is more about optimal timing to "end" the hunt.

I know tough problem to have but something has to occupy time until the hunts start.
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Old 07-26-2020, 06:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Kill it when you can. Dealing with a deer even when hot is not a big deal.

They will gain some weight until winter but not enough to make any difference IMO.
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Old 07-26-2020, 06:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Bone her out right when she goes down, hang pieces in the shade in game bags as they come off. Have coolers of ice in your truck ready to go. You’ll be fine.
Maybe shoot her in the evening as it’s starting to cool off.
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I would just go out when you have time, and not worry about heat. Watch the weather... You could deal with similar temperatures in early September that you are dealing with in August. You never know. Where are you hunting antlerless deer at?
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Maybe shoot her in the evening as itís starting to cool off.
My impression is that most people are afraid of the dark And for sure early season is a perfect time to kill something in the evening. It only gets cooler as you work.
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Old 07-26-2020, 07:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Where are you hunting antlerless deer at?

It is an East canyon Davis North Salt Lake early archery only tag
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Where are you hunting antlerless deer at?

It is an East canyon Davis North Salt Lake early archery only tag
I'm not real familiar with that area, but I know it gets a ton of activity with motorized vehicles and peddle bikers. (at least on the way up the canyon to East Canyon res.)


Smack the first Doe you see and get it over with! Like others have said......Have a cooler with ice and get her cooled down ASAP. Best of luck!
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Old 07-27-2020, 11:49 AM   #8 (permalink)
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That's easy. Go on the opening bell and shoot for the one with spots. That time of year deer fawns only weigh ~30lbs before you dress them (antelope fawns ~20lbs, but they don't have spots; elk calves on 8/1 should be about 60-90lbs on the hoof), and you can easily cool them down. Find a tannery that will take the hide to save it hair one. I still regret being too poor to ship my one and only spotted calf elk hide out of state to get tanned! That thing was GORGEOUS (and boy was she a tasty one).
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Old 07-27-2020, 01:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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This one look like a good "#1"? if I create a "hit list" don't I have to name them all too. 😂
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Old 07-27-2020, 01:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
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This one look like a good "#1"? if I create a "hit list" don't I have to name them all too. 😂
I see you've found Bite Size! I thought I had her all locked up to myself. Oh well, word's out now.
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