I think for the most part it is. People who for the first time experienced bow hunting in September, October and November because of Xbows, realize the 6 day is nothing special and maybe the worse time to be in the woods.
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Posted 12/05/17 - 09:00 AM
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Posted 12/05/17 - 09:15 AM
I think what you have are high fixed expenses without the added value of private property.
Trying to sell tickets, fund raise, just to keep a club house bunk place while hunting mismanaged state land isn't as productive in producing deer as in the past.
I liked hunting 6 day in the wharton. It simply became a vacation to walk through the woods. I was spending more time arguing about the future of the club, private vs public land, leasing vs owning, prowomen vs men only, than actually harvesting a deer.
It would be nice to have the, all inclusive, club with private land or properly managed public land.
Now I focus on my 2 daughters, upland, archery, muzzle loader, and rifle. It is much better to save money and hunt in say Kansas or OHIO, versus spending all that money to hunt in NJ for 6 day firearm.
Posted 12/05/17 - 09:15 AM
I live/hunt Stokes. The six day has gotten worse and worse. No hunters, no shooting, no deer. Tradition is gone. All that's left for me that I really care about anymore is bowhunting the rut with my recurve.
Posted 12/05/17 - 09:28 AM
I didn't see anything tho.
Posted 12/05/17 - 09:45 AM
Posted 12/05/17 - 10:08 AM
I'm in Stokes. There were 10 trucks in here yesterday. Not one except mine now
Yeah i was there yesterday too. Still not a lot for the area i drove around past. Did see one group of guys about 12-14 doing drives in Stokes and High Point. They had a big van with a small box trailer
Posted 12/05/17 - 10:14 AM
A few friends hunted the Gap/Stokes area, most came out for lunch.They said they saw no other hunters while hunting, and saw very few trucks on the side of the roads when they came out for lunch. I stopped at the Hainsville General Store at 530pm for a coffee for the drive home, owner said very few hunters in for lunch.
Did the heavy fog play role, or are guys busy with work/family obligations? in today's world many people work 6 days per week, so maybe Saturday they are off, or maybe many rather hunt with the muzzleloader or the shotgun permit days
Posted 12/05/17 - 10:24 AM
i was forced to change jobs 5 or 6 years ago. My vacation time went way down or I would be out right now. I used to always take this week off. Now I take off the 1st week of November and the 1st 2 days of muzzy.
Posted 12/05/17 - 10:35 AM
I would rather hunt with the bow, but this week has been a 37 year tradition, but it's getting worst....opening day 2016 and yesterday I saw a total of 5 deer from my stand, all does......
Posted 12/05/17 - 01:18 PM
Posted 12/05/17 - 01:28 PM
It's still alive and well on public land here. Still lots of big club drives, and a few clubs took more than a dozen deer on drives just yesterday. Expect pretty high numbers by the end of the week.
Private land seems to be a bit more quiet, probably because the guys who hunt there have all those days now from longer seasons, so it's not concentrated into one week. If you did away with the ability to shoot a buck during permit shotgun, it would pick up some for sure.
Posted 12/05/17 - 01:38 PM
Given, in essence the extension of season it seems more of a case of the passing of one tradition and the door opening on another, albeit different one. With that said and quite sadly as NJ becomes more congested and more progressive such time honored traditions will eventually fade to black and with it a noble and proud history.
Posted 12/05/17 - 01:51 PM
Mathews Halon 6
United Bowhunters of NJ
Posted 12/05/17 - 02:16 PM
Is the craziness of 6-Day a thing of the past?........ It seems that very few people hunt 6-day anymore.
Statistically, I wrote about this the other day. If you look at the F&G kill data, there is a clear trend in reduction in 6-day deer kill over the years. The downtrend is pronounced. So it's not just your imagination, there are definitely fewer people hunting 6-day.
Anecdotally, if you look at the guys who still get "excited" about 6-day, I find they tend to be older. Because they're from that generation who when they were kids that WAS hunting season, and it was a family thing with Dad and Grandpaw, etc... Now juxtapose that will those who are a bit younger, and the reaction is, "who gives a **** about 6-day", it just seems like a pain in the ass, and the most dangerous days to be in the woods the entire hunting season.
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Posted 12/05/17 - 02:23 PM
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Posted 12/05/17 - 02:28 PM
Next Wednesday- Friday will be brown down time.
Posted 12/05/17 - 02:45 PM
Sad but true It's dead
Posted 12/05/17 - 02:47 PM
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