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FINDING
Every stand hunter wants action on
the opening day. And if you haven't been
finding it on openers, it might be time to
try something different.
Sometimes quiet openers are tied to
overplayed stands or being busted by the
breeze. Other causes might stem from a
poor approach to your stand, or handheld
distractions. But most can be traced to
setting up in areas without fresh deer sign
or hunting with disadvantages.
In recent years, as antlerless-deer
hunting on the opener has become more
limited, the number of shots heard on
stand has decreased in most places, and
deer seem to be moving more naturally
on openers than they have in decades. I
rarely hear them anymore busting up the
mountain or through thickets in the dark
in response to slamming car doors or
encroaching flashlights.
Most of the deer I've seen haven't been
in a hurry to get somewhere.
Usually they've been feeding or engag-

ing in rut activities.
While a Saturday opener might
increase hunter participation and change
deer movements in some areas, there's
a good chance, too, you'll find deer on
their normal routes and up to their usual
activities on the new opening day.

FRESH SIGN
I usually head for the hills on the firearms season opener. I prefer mountain
summits, or benches off the top, preferably on the north side, where there's
usually more hemlock and laurel. But I
rarely scout before mid-November and
almost always on a Sunday, when next to
no one is hunting.
You're looking for trails through
thickets and loafing areas with the kind
of cover deer prefer, particularly when the
woods are being invaded before sunrise on
the opener. The cover offers security and
allows for a sneaky getaway. It's where

ACTION

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