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BucksnDucks

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It always seems to sneak up on me, it's 100 degrees today. Believe it or not the opening day of archery deer season in the California OTC A-zone is tomorrow .
 
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BucksnDucks

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It's a velvet hunt for sure. I believe most bucks are at or very close to full potential. They will usually shed the velvet, but not always by the general opener a month from now.
 

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A zone blacktails drop their fawns in March - April, so they come into the rut end of Sept. Velvet is usually gone by end of July. Will be down for the rifle season.
 
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Rzrbck918

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Thats hard to imagine. The earliest I have deer hunted is Sept 15. Mid July would be hard for me to get excited about. Are you planning to hunt this early?
 

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If you're closer to the ocean it's cooler. I hunt in the Mendocino NF at 3000' on a large north slope. Afternoon ocean breeze nearly always blows 15-25 mph. A zone runs about 300 miles long along the coast. Hotter further south. Usually stays in to 80's and can get into the 40's for lows. I love hunting my area. Discovered it the mid 1980's. Haven't hunted it in 4 seasons. Killed a few with my rifle - missed a few with my bow.
 
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BucksnDucks

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The A zone is huge. The coastal areas are generally cool (fog ocean breeze) in summer but inland hunts are scorchers. I don't have a tag for that area this season, won't be out until b zone (also hot in august). Best of luck fowl hunter, from what I've seen in the last few years the herd in the Mendo is doing a little better after a few seasons of good rain. It will be interesting to see what the burn areas look like.
 

wllm1313

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It always seems to sneak up on me, it's 100 degrees today. Believe it or not the opening day of archery deer season in the California OTC A-zone is tomorrow .
I been toying with applying in zone B for a couple years now... every time I look at the dates I'm like holy smokes that's early... any idea why fish and game choose those dates?
 

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My deer hunt here in NV starts August 10th. 100 degrees today as well.

Archery antelope and cow elk, and depredation hunts open August 1st.

I prefer hunting in August, September, and no later than about the 10th of October. Then predator hunting from there.
 
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