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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 Never in Doubt View Post
    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?
    Don't know what part of the state you live in, but A31 is a great zone to hunt with a bow and you can shoot either sex. You dont have to spend all your points to get a tag. The season runs from middle of September to end of December. There are lots of deer in the unit.

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    As others have noted, the X zones are harder to pull these days, even with the bit better odds of archery pulling the tag. If you are wanting to hunt a X zone year after year you would be hunting it some years and hunting other animals without a deer tag unless you are very, very lucky. There's nothing wrong with hunting non deer or scouting every year though.

    I think the years are gone where one could pull a X zone tag every year. I do remember back in the day before the preference point system when it was possible and I was able to though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Root View Post
    I think the years are gone where one could pull a X zone tag every year. I do remember back in the day before the preference point system when it was possible and I was able to though.
    For the most part they are I used to get A16 every year until about 5 yeasr ago now you have to have points. I know X9B/A17 you can buy over the counter after the draw it is steep rugged terrain you can't access with a vehicle for the most part so most guys dont hunt it. I am about 90% success rate personally in X zones with a bow. nothing smaller than a 3x3 but no monsters either

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun View Post
    For the most part they are I used to get A16 every year until about 5 yeasr ago now you have to have points. I know X9B/A17 you can buy over the counter after the draw it is steep rugged terrain you can't access with a vehicle for the most part so most guys dont hunt it. I am about 90% success rate personally in X zones with a bow. nothing smaller than a 3x3 but no monsters either
    I've been thinking more and more about taking up bow hunting again for that reason. The tags seem like it's getting harder to pull these days for rifle. One has to get closer with a bow but it would surely bring up the odds a bit more in getting tags for being able to hunt some of the premium zones more often.

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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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