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Does Skipping Opening Day Increase Your Hunting Odds?

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We're bucking tradition, and passing an Opening Day opportunity to hunt public land a few days later. Will it help our success?

Once hunting season starts, it's a pretty simple decision how we're going to occupy our time.

But one thing's for sure: everybody else is waiting for Opening Day just as much as we are. If you're hunting public land, there's almost a given assumption you'll encounter others. It's not a horrible thing, just something most of us would avoid if we could.

That's exactly what we did to try and find out if skipping Opening Day makes a difference.

Our senior team, made up of editor Eric Pickhartz, associate editor David Schlake, and social media associate Daryk Ganske, went out to some public land in Texas (yes, despite the rumors, it does exist) in pursuit of some good, undisturbed dove hunting.

What they got was, well, certainly undisturbed.

Follow along as they try an alternative solution to a common problem public land hunters encounter. Will it prove successful?

NEXT: THE 5 BIGGEST THINGS WE LOOK FORWARD TO ONCE HUNTING SEASON ARRIVES

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Does Skipping Opening Day Increase Your Hunting Odds?