Oh baby, can’t ya just smell it in the air? Deeeeeer season! I can’t wait!
“But Ranger Man,” you say. “Take a sedative, bro. Maine deer season doesn’t start until November 1st.”
To which I respond, “Shit, bro. I’m talkin’ ’bout ARCHERY SEASON!”
To which you respond, “Yeah, OK. Well, you’ve still got to wait until October 2nd.”
To which I respond, “Shit, holmes. I’m talkin’ bout EXPANDED Archery Season! It starts September 6!”
Oh yes, SHTF party peeps in Maine – ready your bow. Some areas in Maine have such high concentration of deer that the state allows an “expanded” archery season in these specific areas. They’re typically along the coast and in populated area where the house lots make great deer ground and there are typically firearms ordinances.
In these zones you can take as many does as you want to buy $12.00 tags for and/or one buck for a $33.00 tag. The objective during this season is to put meat in the freezer – period. Whether it’s a little skipper, a big doe, or a button buck – bring ’em down! Get ’em in the freezer! Secure the protein! MORE MEAT!
For you see the problem with “regular” archery season is that if you bag a deer in October with your bow – you’re done! No November firearms hunting for you. Tagged out! Hang your hat! You’re . . . FINISHED!
But if you wait for the more exciting firearms season, you run the risk of not tagging out – NO MEAT! But expanded archery seasons – for designated areas – runs September 6 through December 13. It’s your insurance season in case you don’t get lucky during firearms (or get too drunk at deer camp to wake up early enough). It eases the pressure in November, and if you DO get something in November, too – shazam! MORE MEAT!
It’s not easy, though. Sure the deer population in these areas is more dense, but you gotta get pretty damn close to bring ’em down. You gotta employ your ninja skills.
Friggin’ arrows ain’t cheap, though – are they? I had to replace a few, and bought these 6 PSE arrows at a local shop, and the damn things cost $45.00!
Yowzer! And that’s with target tips! Granted I went with the carbon fiber arrows instead of aluminum, but still. You don’t want to lose these things.
I know, I know, you start to think, “Hmmmm. $12 for a doe tag, $45 for arrows . . . how much meat would $57 buy?” Lol – I know, but hey. You can use the arrows over again – usually. And there’s the whole primal, man bring home meat thing going on, too. Self-sufficiency. You know, except I didn’t make the arrows . . . or the bow.
Expect more posts on hunting in the weeks and months to come. ‘Tis the season. Winter will be here before we know it. Secure your meat.
– Ranger Man
BTW: Some deer have all the luck.