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What is legal shooting times in your state? SC rules say one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset. Todays official sunset is 5:19. I can legally hunt until 6:19. That is pretty dark down in the woods. Do you guys hunt this late, and would you shoot a deer at this time, granted you were sure it was a deer?

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from anjadams wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I have killed numerous deer at this prime time. It was completely legal and I was sure it was a deer.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Ditto.

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I find it hard to distiquish does from bucks wiht low light. In Arkansas it's 30 mins before and after and that works out well I think. Sharper eyed and experienced hunters can and do shoot in low light situations, but we have to remember the young and those who might make snap shots, these hunters need all the light they can get.

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from deerslayer1234 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

As soon as It is too dark to determine a buck from a doe I climb down and leave.

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Forgot to add. that accidental shootings happens most in low light and is one of the main reasons for the cut off time for firing at game. It is too easy to mistake a human walking as 12 point buck when "Earl" has been settin in stand for 8 hours and seen nothing. If you know your target 100% and it is leagal shooting hours, no problem. There will still be those who push the time in hopes of getting that deer, it's best to stay safe and clear the chamber when the legal light has past.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

If you are in the woods with foliage then shooting light disappears much quicker than edges of open fields or with no foliage.

I hunt until I can no longer see the small twigs or bushes that can easily deflect my arrow. In other words I get out of my deep woods stands long before I get out of my field stands.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Here in NY it's sunrise to sunset, It's hard to tell if you have a doe or a small spike in low light.
I say stay with the rules and don't take any shots your not comforable with.

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from anjadams wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

There is always the trophy management issue. I would never shoot a deer late in the evening if I were trying to let the young bucks live. Different areas call for different rules for me. State or Game lands usually are meat hunting adventures anyway. If its brown its down.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

wisconsin sunrise to sunset and in a couple of my bow stands i cannot see 15 yrds from stand 10 min before sunset

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from neuman23 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

an hour? really? I would not be able to see my pins or crosshairs.

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from LesserSon wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

In PA legal shooting hours are 1/2hr before sunrise to 1/2hr after sunrise. However, the printed table PA provides to hunters often disagrees with the Naval Observation website on when sunrise and sunset occur.
I hunt in forested mountains. The 1000ft difference between the mountain tops and the valley bottoms means I can see later on top than at the bottom. Cloudcover also affects how much light there is at the end of a day.

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from time2be wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I shot a doe on a doe day in SC one year when it was so dark I could not see my crosshairs of my scope but I could see the deer in the middle of my scope.

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from anjadams wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I have killed numerous deer at this prime time. It was completely legal and I was sure it was a deer.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Ditto.

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I find it hard to distiquish does from bucks wiht low light. In Arkansas it's 30 mins before and after and that works out well I think. Sharper eyed and experienced hunters can and do shoot in low light situations, but we have to remember the young and those who might make snap shots, these hunters need all the light they can get.

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from deerslayer1234 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

As soon as It is too dark to determine a buck from a doe I climb down and leave.

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Forgot to add. that accidental shootings happens most in low light and is one of the main reasons for the cut off time for firing at game. It is too easy to mistake a human walking as 12 point buck when "Earl" has been settin in stand for 8 hours and seen nothing. If you know your target 100% and it is leagal shooting hours, no problem. There will still be those who push the time in hopes of getting that deer, it's best to stay safe and clear the chamber when the legal light has past.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

If you are in the woods with foliage then shooting light disappears much quicker than edges of open fields or with no foliage.

I hunt until I can no longer see the small twigs or bushes that can easily deflect my arrow. In other words I get out of my deep woods stands long before I get out of my field stands.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Here in NY it's sunrise to sunset, It's hard to tell if you have a doe or a small spike in low light.
I say stay with the rules and don't take any shots your not comforable with.

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from anjadams wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

There is always the trophy management issue. I would never shoot a deer late in the evening if I were trying to let the young bucks live. Different areas call for different rules for me. State or Game lands usually are meat hunting adventures anyway. If its brown its down.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

wisconsin sunrise to sunset and in a couple of my bow stands i cannot see 15 yrds from stand 10 min before sunset

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from neuman23 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

an hour? really? I would not be able to see my pins or crosshairs.

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from LesserSon wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

In PA legal shooting hours are 1/2hr before sunrise to 1/2hr after sunrise. However, the printed table PA provides to hunters often disagrees with the Naval Observation website on when sunrise and sunset occur.
I hunt in forested mountains. The 1000ft difference between the mountain tops and the valley bottoms means I can see later on top than at the bottom. Cloudcover also affects how much light there is at the end of a day.

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from time2be wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I shot a doe on a doe day in SC one year when it was so dark I could not see my crosshairs of my scope but I could see the deer in the middle of my scope.

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