Wisconsin’s early goose-hunting season is now open and runs through Sept. 15, and there’s additional Canada goose hunting opportunities that run through much of the
September 11, 2023
When the 2023 archery deer season opens a half hour before sunrise on October 1, Michigan bowhunters can expect a pretty good chance at tagging a whitetail, especially in the southern Lower Peninsula, according to DNR big game managers.
“Like previous years, our archery season is shaping up to be a good one across much of the state. Deer numbers remain high with very few exceptions in the SLP. Hunters with access should be able to set up on deer sign and have activity on many of their hunts,” Chad Stewart, the DNR’s deer, elk and moose specialist told Michigan Outdoor News.
Access can be a wild card in the SLP since about 90% of the deer range there is privately owned.
Chances are, those of us who hunt deer probably have trail-cam shots of our top whitetails handy and scrollable on the phone: those collected in summertime velvet.
And it’s always exciting, partly because velvet antlers look larger than they really are when in hard-horn come September. A little fantasy never hurt the bucket list anyway. Part of the pre-deer-hunting-season ritual is showing off our biggest, maybe oldest, but probably highest scoring rackers to our buddies and anyone who cares.
After an 8½-month wait, bow season is almost back! All the food plot preparation, hours of shooting, treestand maintenance and trimming, as well as saving all that vacation time up for a magic week in November, are now coming to fruition. It is finally “go time.”
So, after spending all the time, energy and money, how silly would it be to ruin your best spots early in the season? Unfortunately, that happens all too often.
Just like most whitetail bowhunters, I relish chasing bucks during the rut.
When late October rings in, anything can happen in the woods. An otherwise slow sit can turn productive in seconds when an active doe moves by, or a traveling buck creates an opportunity for success. One of those crisp, early November evenings found me 15 feet above the forest floor, looking and listening for activity.