When it comes to picking the right time for hunting quite often hunters will end up getting too caught up in the planning stages and will end up setting out early on a Saturday as the weekend is just beginning.
The truth is, you could actually have much more success if you are willing to set out on a Friday and dedicate a little more time to hunting through a season. Here are some of the top advantages of leaving from work on a Friday to go hunting.
Seasons can be extremely short: ultimately some seasons can be extremely short especially when hunters are meeting their quota almost immediately. Setting out one day early can potentially make sure that you end up bagging a deer, or potentially even some exotic game. When quotas are reached the season closes at in order to get your best chance at bagging something for a short season, or a season with a limited quota you need to get out early. If you can afford to take time off be sure that you are ready to leave from work so that you don’t get stopped by a season ending early.
It gives you an extra day to hunt: some animals can be extremely active during the early morning. If you leave on a Saturday there is a good chance that you will have difficulty bagging a trophy sized animal with only one day to actually hunt. The chances of seeing some animals like large bucks in the middle of the afternoon can sometimes be a long shot in certain climates. In many cases you have to get up early and you have to be ready and in position to get the shot. Extra time in an extra morning to work can do wonders for a hunt.
Better chance at getting a trophy: if you have a long drive ahead of you and you don’t think you would be able to get to a hunting site until sometime on the Saturday afternoon, it makes more sense to set out on Friday night, get to your site and get up early so that you have a better chance at tackling a big trophy. As more and more hunters come the trophies get more scarce so getting to a hunting site ahead of the crowds can be a huge bonus.
Nothing can get in the way: you may find yourself locked in a Saturday routine and rather than waking up on Saturday morning and having to drive kids to activities, clean the house or do the weeks shopping before you head out, you won’t have excuses leaving from work. You can just get in your car, change into your gear and leave from the office. No excuses or routine can mount or get in the way of a good weekend of hunting.
If anything were to break you could get it fixed on Saturday and still have a day to hunt: equipment breaks and whether you need your atv to hunt or something with your rifle or bow fixed, if you identify an issue it can be pretty difficult to get fixed on a Sunday.
Leaving on Friday is you a little more room for error and ensures that if something needs to be fixed it can be done on Saturday giving you another full day to hunt.
These are just a few of the top reasons for why Friday after work is the perfect time to set out on your next big hunting excursion.