Thru the many years of stalking them i finally figured it out you have to catch them when there going too and from the food source. Wether its apples or the blueberry patch. I try to catch them somewhere inbetween. Sometimes they have many exits too even rear exits out of the orchards. But you need to go in when its dark before first light. And stay in the evenings till dark to see them. Hearing them in the dark moving with us can surely test our nerves.
I have to admit i'm no chicken and i'm not afraid of anything on this planet. I got hung up in the very thick pines once with maybe a 10' shot if that. With something very big crashing branches going away from us. I realized my '06 wasn't really good for that up close personal work. I bumped up to the marlin 444 brush buster soon after for the thick woods. I liked the 3,000ft.lbs at the muzzle for those 10' shots. I like having a little more edge. In the more open country now i use a 338win.mag. this baby picks them right off there feet when i poke them. Plus my range is out to 500yds now too with no error(scope has BDC/AO. With its 4,000ft.lbs @ the muzzle and 2,700ft.lbs at 200yds is good because i'm not built for running nor speed anymore.