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    How many of you guys archery hunt the X-zones?

    Let's get this California section going!

    I know the success rate for archery hunting is much lower than general season, but in the premium X-zones, a person could hunt there more often... I have 1 point and instead of waiting to draw a rifle tag, I'm thinking about just applying for an archery tag next year. So I've got this huge battle in my mind. Hunt the X-zones more often, or less often with a better chance of shooting a nice buck?

    What has been your experiences in the X-zones? What are your opinions?

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    I have hunted all of the X zones (archery). The X zones are great to hunt with a bow, but its getting hard to get a tag. You do have better chances at getting a tag, but still hard.

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    Here's what you need to do............hang on to your rifle and sell your bow, everybody knows you can't kill a buck in the X zones with a bow.

    In all seriousness, your draw odds dramaticly increase when applying for the archery tags. Just keep in mind that the sucsess rates are very low.

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    Is there a particular x-zone or any of them

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    Quote Originally Posted by cali_hornhunter View Post
    Is there a particular x-zone or any of them
    There are some better than others, but any of them should be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elkgrunt View Post
    There are some better than others, but any of them should be good.
    Thats true one of the better ones is your neck of the woods

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    Quote Originally Posted by cali_hornhunter View Post
    Thats true one of the better ones is your neck of the woods
    Yes it is, I just finished a late season hunt and did well.If you PM me your E-mail I will send you some pics.

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    I drew A5 (X3A Archery in 2011) and then again last year in A6 (X3B Archery). My odds of getting drawn in the random drawing were about 1 in 30 but still, never would've happened for a rifle tag. I'm sold on Archery in the X zones. Pressure is relatively non-existent and the deer are less spooky, more apt to be seen in the open during the day. In 11' I scored on a nice, tall forky and then last year I got a wall-hanger (for my standards): a 5x4 who scored around 168 before deductions. Couldn't have been happier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skookum View Post
    I drew A5 (X3A Archery in 2011) and then again last year in A6 (X3B Archery). My odds of getting drawn in the random drawing were about 1 in 30 but still, never would've happened for a rifle tag. I'm sold on Archery in the X zones. Pressure is relatively non-existent and the deer are less spooky, more apt to be seen in the open during the day. In 11' I scored on a nice, tall forky and then last year I got a wall-hanger (for my standards): a 5x4 who scored around 168 before deductions. Couldn't have been happier.
    Lets see a pic!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skookum View Post
    I'm sold on Archery in the X zones. Pressure is relatively non-existent and the deer are less spooky, more apt to be seen in the open during the day..
    That's what I'm starting to think too. Here in California it's so nice to avoid the crowds that general season brings. Nice to hear you're getting it done with a bow!

 

 

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