i have checked zone 18 out but never hunted there. i hunt just down the road in zone 21.both of those zones always have a late start. i just dont understand this? your lucky if you get a month to hunt before you kinda forced to pay for another permit.i have hunted zone 51 in allaire state park and its so-so from year to year. alot of hunters and stolen stands . i just dont understand why this happens.
This season will only be my second hunting season and zone 51 and 16 are minutes from zone 18, so I just go down the road to my friends property in jackson for the early season and will switch to my private land when zone 18 comes in.
I used to hunt in Jackson quite a few years ago ... off of Butterfly Road and off of Route 527. The "area" has really built up over the years, but in my travels I still see many deer along the roads and last year seen a great looking seven point cross Butterfly Road by the camp ground. Zone 18 you'll find me in Colliers Mills and Manchester WMA's.
I walked through manchester wma in february doing some real early turkey scouting with a february snow storm we got. Seen some good deer signs. I may have to check out the area. Alot of people hunt in manchester wma?
Bow and Muzzleloader Seasons are not too bad ... shotgun can get alittle crazy. I have never had a problem with finding someone in my stands or ever had a stand stolen. I had a couple of opportunities during turkey season (Saturdays) and had the woods to myself.
hey drome i hunt the mills most of the time theirs a lot of deer in their just get of the beaten path and have fun i got a small 8pt 2nd week of bow last year on the power lines by the range
ps i havent been out scouting yet but i'll start real soon good luck