Afternoon timing

Discussion in 'California Flyway Forum' started by J5KID, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. apollo455

    apollo455 Senior Refuge Member

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    I thinks it a little slow right now, I have not seen many of the "regulars" waiting at the check station to go hunt the PM hours. In fact the parking lots have been close to empty.
     
  2. Flyfisher

    Flyfisher Elite Refuge Member

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    depends on the thickness of the ice...and the shallowness of the water I am hunting....
     
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  3. RefugeHunter

    RefugeHunter Elite Refuge Member

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    Different areas have different patterns. I know one place with a dependable flight from 1 PM - 3 PM, another from 2 PM - 4 PM, another just trickles all afternoon, and another that's the last hour of shoot time. Storm, wind or fog can then adjust things from there.
     
  4. pumpgunner

    pumpgunner Elite Refuge Member

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    One of my favorites is when south wind picks up around midday and rain starts with two hours before sunset. Had some good shoots on that
     
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  5. Real Green

    Real Green Elite Refuge Member

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    The times I have had decent afternoon shoots it was few hours before sunset. Than the last hour would be dead.
     
  6. BENSSS

    BENSSS New Member

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    best post!--hard to shoot birds if you are back at camp.
     
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  7. LimitsOnRuddys

    LimitsOnRuddys Refuge Member

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    My best evening shooting is generally 3hrs-1hr prior to sunset.
     
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  8. Calikev

    Calikev Elite Refuge Member

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    Necessity vs. trying to be too cute.......

    Necessity is I can only hunt the afternoon so my goal is to get there when I can and maximize my time in the field.

    Trying to be too cute is trying to sleep in, eat breakfast and casually stroll in right before the flight. Those hunts can be awesome because you are nonchalant and expend much less time and effort. If you have the birds patterned well enough to do that then it makes sense. However, I know lots of guys who operate this way most of the time and end up missing critical times because they are too lazy to get there a little earlier. Other guys time the thaw out, etc. to avoid freezing out there for hours which makes sense under those conditions.

    So I get it for the guys who do it by necessity, but for the guys just trying to be lazy, they miss the action more times than not.

    Kevin
     
  9. Real Green

    Real Green Elite Refuge Member

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    My pops is in his seventies. Always the last out of deer camp and typically the first back with a deer. Granted he shoots the first legal deer he sees.
     
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  10. freefall

    freefall Elite Refuge Member

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    Can't eat the horns anyway. Besides, old rutted out bucks taste like poop.
     

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