Interestingly, the most deer that we've shot this year have come from my fathers's property which is the farthest we get from any houses. We're at least 1/2 mile from the closest houses, across a valley. Usually we get maybe 2 or 3 deer there, this year we're at 5.
The places we hunt with the highest populations are such that we have to make sure we stay 500 feet from houses in multiple directions. Normally, we take 4-6 deer in these areas. This year, 2.
I think your Old Timer is right though, in the sense that wherever you think the deer would normally be, they're not.
It's been an odd, frustrating season in many ways. At the same time:
My biggest buck ever!
So, it's not all bad.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
You do not HAVE a soul. You ARE a soul. You HAVE a body.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.