October 2011

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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