Archery report 10/23/11

Second day in the stands and it featured a crisp morning and unfortunately 2 were bedded under the stand upon arrival. I don’t believe either were the one I was looking for because this old monster doesn’t tolerate much company. No other deer were sighted on the morning session. The afternoon session found me overlooking an apple tree that has about a thousand little red apples on it. This tree is located in a grown over scrub field that is so thick you can’t walk through it. Seven does and yearlings all visited the tree and all could have been dispatched but old big boy didn’t show but it is still early in the season. Over several seasons hunting this little patch I have seen 4 different P&Y buck here. I haven’t hung one of them yet but I learned a long time ago seeing them is one thing and hanging them is another. The thing with this spot is that it is right next to houses and has a major highway on one side and a main street on the other. It is about 2oo yards wide and 400 yards long and the deer love it, so do I. Overlook no spot no matter how small or innoxius.

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NY Bow season now underway

Now there is one revved up young hunter back in 1984, seems like yesterday. My third year of bow hunting and I luck into the county record. He still greets me each morning while I have my coffee and formulate the rudiments of how the day should go. The archery season started here on October the 15th but the wind has blown hard to harder and tonight the 22nd  is the first decent night there has been. Busted right out of the gate. Snuck  into the stand using stealth and cunning, climbed in making less noise than a red squirrel, surveyed the situation, immediately got an arrow on the bow, hung the bow ready for action, surveyed the area again, went to hang the quiver and the dreaded snort  greeted my ears. Looked up to see a beauty whirling and evacuating. He was a nice one and from the good glance I had he appeared to be a potential P&Y candidate. I had hunted this one several times last season and not seen him yet constant new sign was appearing. Well I saw him this time but unfortunately not hanging as I had envisioned. I also saw a nice fat 6pt whom stood sideways at 25 yards for about 30 seconds. Well see him in a couple of years. All in all it was an action packed first evening hunt and having seen this one I will be spending some serious time after him. ALERT: the ticks here in the southern half on NYS state are at record levels due to the wet year so be sure to keep an eye out on you and your pet!!!

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Carp Derby a Huge Success

This 25# carp from the Susquehanna River would not even get a second look during the recent carp tournament on the St. Lawrence at Waddington NY. This marathon 115 hr contest ended with the winners weighing in a total of 1897#. Sore arms were had by all. I was not on site but followed the leader board each day and was amazed at how one day some teams caught few and the next day they vaulted near the top of the contest. Just shows that you can’t give up. This region of NY is a fishing and hunting paradise. World class fishing for many species and a host of venues outside of fishing make it a great vacation area.  The Akwassanee Casino and the incredibly difficult Malone Country Club golf course are but a few of the diverse things to do and see here. I highly recommend looking into this somewhat overlooked region of NY.

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Things returning to normal

At last things are stabilizing it what has been an interesting weather year to say the least. It will take years for my neighbors to get back to where they were after the flooding here in the southern tier of NY. In the Adirondacks stream conditions are perfect and recent fishing outings once again produced many fish. The heavy rain has done what I expected and put the fish on their annual staging runs for spawning early this year. A father and son out of my operation caught and released over 40 browns last weekend. The last two weeks of the season will be fantastic if we don’t get any more heavy rain. The floods of the past few weeks have created many new holes and runs which means all new challenges. Along the Lake Ontario region the salmon are starting to swarm and the runs intensify with each passing day. Some gigantic brown trout are following them and then come the steel-head. With all this rain a region that not many take advantage off is the tributaries off of the Finger Lakes. The Landlock runs here in the fall can be brutal and this wet year is going to spur this to a potentially biblical level. The same will hold true for the runs that come up out Lake Champlain. Last years runs were heavy to say the least and with the removal of barriers on the Bouquet and Saranac Rivers things are only going to get better. Right now the world carp fishing championship is going on at Waddington on the St. Lawrence River. This is a growing angling venue and this years contest features 100 teams in a 115 hour long fishing marathon. http://www.carptournamentseries.com/site/tournaments/2011-carp-angling-world-championship/#cawc_2011_register is your link to information on this unique contest and a constantly updated leader board. There will be plenty of Alive consumed by the winners after this contest to relax sore muscles I am sure. Bye for now.

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