I'm in Alberta, Canada. The first day of my season starts this afternoon. -9 C and the first snow of the season. We'll be hunting for Whitetail and Mule Deer.
I'm from Alberta and British Columbia, which covers three species of deer (Whitetail, Mule, Blacktail). I'm fairly young and have shot perhaps a dozen deer since a teenager. Usually a couple per season.
My chosen gun at present is a CZ 858 in 7.62x39, which can offend some; however, I use it because it is very cheap to shoot and practice on, quite accurate, and the ballistic equivalent of a 30/30 Winchester. I bought it for shooting in heavy bush on Vancouver Island.
To date, I've taken deer with the 6.5x55 Swede, .300 Weatherby, .270 Winchester, 7.62x39, and 12 Gauge with buckshot.
The .300 is used when the deer are huge and the distances vast. The 7.62 is used when the deer are under 150 yards and is my preferred gun for antlerless/meat hunting (usually Mule). The 12 gauge is used when I can't legally use anything else, or close to human habitation (usually for Blacktail). The 6.5 is used when the season is well extended and the days are short, as the scope allows me to see and aim a bit better in low light (Usually Whitetail).
The first deer I shot last season was on a sunny 20 C day, the second was 14 days later 30 km away and it was -33 C.
I don't mind recoil but hate the noise.
The only bear I've shot at I missed -- it was 20 yds away and clueless to my presence.
I have a bit of trouble with North American hunting in that it's all about the crap you've bought and not enough about actually hunting.
I'd like to learn more about British tradition and system, as all of my relatives were born there and I hope to go to school there at some point in the future, and maybe even hunt.