Kon-Tiki launched and floating

Heading north? forget it. I have just consulted with some of the best guides in northern NY and the the prognosis aint good. Not only are the streams smoking high but you may not be able to get to them. Now this may suck short term but the last weeks of the season may be outstanding with many fish running up on the high waters from their summer hide-outs. This is also going to accelerate the exploding runs of Land Locks out of Lake Champlain. This fishery is starting to come into its own and extends the season for the devout fly fishermen whom forsake the hunting to pursue their craft and these incredibly hard fighting Salmonids. As I said in my last post it may be one amazing fall of hunting ans fishing. The apple trees statewide are hanging low with the bumper crop and to an old buck with bad teeth they are like candy. The mast crop here in the center of the state is really good with some of the biggest beechnuts I have ever seen. Chanterelle Mushrooms are coming on like crazy and every scouting trip includes plastic bags to stuff with them. After this rain all varieties are going to go crazy. If I was doing any serious trout fishing right now it would be in the western part of the state. Wyoming County has some excellent streams.

TIP: I have in some years used this trick to lure bucks to a certain area way back in the woods where they feel comfortable feeding before going down to the fields. I love to find an area where I know good bucks are inhabiting which is usually thick and remote. I then look for nut trees and such within a hundred yards, just far enough away so that I can sneak in without them figuring out what I am and yet they will fee comfortable moving in the late afternoon. I set up a couple stands in good wind position and focused on several of these nut or apple trees. The trick is that in the spring I go back and take several of the big spikes used for feeding  trees in your yard and drive them in around the selected nut trees. Come the fall those trees will produce the sweetest ,biggest nuts on that area and the deer know it. Most farm and garden centers will have them. Hunting the Vermit deer is a year round assault and I consult with Bill Murry on a regular basis for some of these tips. I don’t like hunting with him though because he keeps forgetting where he set up his Claymores.

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PREPERATION

I know its tough to get away from the summer time lawn and house projects but now is the time to start getting those stand sites prepared. By doing it now it allows plenty of time for the deer to get used to the changes and with all the foliage on you will do a good job. I generally wear out a pole saw every couple of years pruning out existing sites and preparing new sites. I usually spend about 4-6 hours in getting a single site ready and the stand hung , so any work I can get done now is a bonus. All the scouting for new sites was done last winter right after the season and right now I am getting new sites pruned and ready. I have to admit I am anal about site preparation but after spending countless hours on stand waiting for the ghost to show up the last thing I need is for some tree limb to be in the way of  the perfect shot. Invariably that is where the ghost will stand. I love to get up early in the morning now when the bugs are minimal and do this pruning . I also find quite a few wild mushrooms on these trips and it is a great time to evaluate the mast crop around your hunting areas. These trips also begin to get those legs in shape for the upcoming season.

TIP: When I am setting up my stand sites I clear as much of the shooting lanes as I can and I lay a big log across the lane at 20 and 30 yards. This allows you to know these distances in the early light when other markers might not be visible. Just as importantly other hunters will not know that you are hunting there and investigate your stand site leaving evidence of man. I have an absolutely brilliant design for my home made stands and they are almost invisible in the trees when in place. I want so that other hunters to pass by and never realize that the stands are there and the same goes for the deer. I used to use an bright orange washer hung at these distances and noticed how hunters whom dis not do early season work would see them and then snoop around the area leaving scent right before the hunting season. I will have the stand design and much much more coming on an e-magazine/library service I am going to be launching on my website this fall.

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Summer starting to wind down

I AM NOT A SUMMER PERSON. Retirement in Florida is not in my master plan and with the first 40 degree mornings recently here in NY I was happier than a pig in poop. We have had a hot summer but with a wet August things are starting to come around quite nicely. I have seen several nice buck near my numerous hunting spots and I am getting restless. My son has his first real bow and shooting is becoming a daily routine. He will have such an advantage in his hunting career having me for a father. I have several stands in place just for him where shot opportunities are pretty much a given and I have bins of old hunting clothes that I outgrew and saved just for him that will now come into play.  I love when a plan comes together and this one is coming along nicely. I am already getting reports of salmon in the Salmon River in Pulaski with our wet August and if things mature with the anticipated hurricane heading up the east coast you might just want to plan for an early run of salmon in the rivers off of Lake Ontario. This wet we3ather will also mean good schools of walleyes moving up the Susquehanna River this year. The fishing for them in the Binghamton  area can be nothing short of outstanding once water temps cool in September through December. With many good boat launches having been added in recent years it adds a great amount of access for fishermen with smaller boats. A 1/4 ounce jig and 3 inch mister twister tipped with a minnow is nothing short of deadly down here. I catch 95% of my fish on this setup and purple is my favorite flavor. On dirty water I use green or orange and I love to use the white strip of belly meat from the walleyes I have already filleted on previous trips. This is a great bait that is overlooked by many. I use an exacto knife to cut them into 3-4 inch strips and then freeze them in water in a zip loc bag and they are quick and ready for any outing. They are tougher than hell and when I get into that often quick frenzied bite they allow you to catch many fish without having to re-bait. I usually keep a rod ready with a strip on it.  The big old sows love this bait when the river is dirty and rising. Their aren’t many days that I don’t have a bag in the boat. Bye all.

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Its been kind of quiet

And the dog likes it. I have gotten very little info from my numerous sources so I really have not had much to report. I have been spending a fair amount of time getting my 12 year old son Hunter ready to start bow hunting. A very smart move on the part of our DEC to lower the age for young hunters, I only wish they would follow suit with the guns. Hunting is about one of the safest sports there are because of the amount of safety instruction that is preached on a regular basis. A young person is a 1000 times more likely to get hurt on a ATV or their bicycle than with a firearm but the perception of guns being unsafe lives on. Anyway Hunter is practicing and he is more excited than when he gets  a new video game to get after them thar deer, I LOVE IT!!!!! The dog has been having a field day also chasing the bumper crop of rabbits around the house. She can’t catch them but she is having a great time trying. I think its funny to watch them about 10 feet in front of her and they seem to know she can’t quite catch them. They seem to love playing the role of the quarry. Great exercise for all. Other than that preparations for the upcoming archery season are ramping up and I am just waiting for some cool weather to start pruning out the stands already in place from previous years. With over 40 of them out, this alone is a full time project but there is no excuse for not doing the off season work if you truly want to be a trophy hunter. I have a brilliant design for my home made stands and they are a major reason for my occasional success. I also have been getting things ready for the fall fishing season also. I guess that’s it for now and I hope to have some current information and reports soon. TIP: The blocks of styro-foam that are used in the transportation of trailers sold at places such as Tractor Supply, make a great archery target or a bunch make a great backstop. Until recently they were throwing them out or giving them away, free and recycling  at the same time is good.

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