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Old 09-25-2018, 03:47 PM   #1
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Deer Season 2018

OK Folks, deer season will be officially here at sunrise on Thursday morning, Sept. 27. Whoís heading out? I donít bowhunt as seriously as I used to but Iíve been shooting my Martin compound and recurve quite a bit this summer and am about as ready as I can be. While I wonít take a doe with bow or muzzleloader in our big woods spots, those in the foothills (near my home) hold a lot more deer, so Iíll take a shot if presented. Apples are pretty much gone and deer are hitting the acorns hard here in the Lake George region. Good luck, and be safe in those tree stands.
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Old 09-25-2018, 03:58 PM   #2
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I once again did not get in the range time or get the bow course completed, and will not go out with a crossbow in a few weeks as I do not have the range time in for that either. My wife said no to my firearm acquisition plans, so the only way I'll get out during gun is if I can get to the range with a friend who can loan me a firearm, but I am working on that. Or I may just hunt with a camera a couple of times.

That said, NY Outdoor News this week has a solid review of Northern Zone DMU's, and a great article by the doyan of Adirondack Deer Hunting writers, Dan Ladd.
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Old 09-25-2018, 04:37 PM   #3
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My wife said no to my firearm acquisition plans,
That's a shame. But as long as you are allowed to get out there that's all that matters. Good luck to all.
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Our daughter has bipolar issues, I have explained trigger locks, storage of ammunition in a different place than the gun, and locked cabinets, but she still says no.
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Old 09-25-2018, 06:32 PM   #5
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I am going in the backcountry for three nights, most likely four nights or less depending on if I can fill my bow tag. I did an overnight trip awhile back and did some scouting in an area I have never been to, looked promising. I may set-up a wall tent as a base camp and do a temp shelter inside or closer to my area I plan to hunt. No tree stands for me, just a stalk hunt or ambush. I have been tuning a new bow for 10,20 and 30 yards. Good on all three.

A meat hunt, so, any ethical shot or mature buck that presents itself is coming home with me. I need my freezer full again.

Good luck to the rest of you.
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Old 09-25-2018, 06:52 PM   #6
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I’m going to wait until MZloader season. We just fired up a timber harvest on the 30,000 acre Corrigan TLP Tract. While doing job inspection Monday, saw plenty of deer tracks and also a bear track in the fresh skid trails. In the past This particular area of the property has been off limits to public hunting. But, now that the conservation easement has been fully implemented, I may hunt near this current harvest area ?
Anyway, good luck to all going out with the bow.
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Old 09-28-2018, 03:21 PM   #7
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First night out was quiet. Flock of turkeys hanging around. May have to pick on them on Monday. Back at it in the morning.

My buddy has a real funny story. He was hunting with two other guys. One them hit a deer and they were looking for it. They found a set of false teeth! True story!
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Must have been an old deer
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Old 09-28-2018, 06:59 PM   #9
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Our daughter has bipolar issues, I have explained trigger locks, storage of ammunition in a different place than the gun, and locked cabinets, but she still says no.
Get a gun safe and put her in it. (just kiddin) A gun safe is
one way to secure guns and ammo and cannot be broken into even by accident with dynamite. Show your wife gun safes so she can get the idea. Or have a hunting buddy keep you weapons and ammo till you need them.
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First night out was quiet. Flock of turkeys hanging around. May have to pick on them on Monday. Back at it in the morning.

My buddy has a real funny story. He was hunting with two other guys. One them hit a deer and they were looking for it. They found a set of false teeth! True story!
I know a guy who was hunting a few years ago and fell in a skidder rut and spit out his dentures....never did find em....maybe the mystery is solved!
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Must have been an old deer
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Old 09-29-2018, 08:42 AM   #12
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Agree with the gun safe..although it may be a challenge to overcome the concerns.
Western NY bow opens Monday and I'm ready to go. I've seen several nice bucks while I was scouting (and turkeys). It will be interesting to see if they cooperate. Any deer taken with a bow is a trophy..and a doe can be more of a challenge than a buck. Good luck to anyone that gets out...this is a favorite time of year to hunt...I love the transition from early bow to the snow and cold that follows.
If you take the choppers to a DEC check station the biologists might be able to date them.
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Old 09-30-2018, 11:14 AM   #13
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I saw a doe and her fawn one evening and again the next morning. Lots of hickory nuts and red oak acorns this year.
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Hi guys, I just came home today. I saw a bunch of deer but no shots were safe. On the drive back on Moose River Rd. we saw a nice crotch horn standing on the side of the road staring at something. He didn't even flinch when we slowed down to gawk.
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Deer Season 2018

Mast crop seems decent in some areas. I’ve seen lots of deer tracks and scat while out bear hunting (and I’ve probably bumped a few deer at this point).


I’m optimistic for this season but I’ve got a few more weeks to wait (I’m a rifle guy, though I probably should get into bow hunting at some point).

Foliage is starting to turn in the tree tops, but the under canopy is still very green and thick...not optimal for hunting deer or bear.

Also literally walked right up to a doe as she grazed on the side of a trail....I think the females up here don’t get pressured the same way the males do...I’ve never seen a mature buck do that up here.


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Old 10-01-2018, 07:21 AM   #16
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Got out a few times over the weekend. Had a small doe at 10 yards but she was on to me, and on the opposite of my shooting side. Nothing in the higher country where I went yesterday. Some acorns, but not from every oak tree, that's for sure. Woods are still very green and no hard freeze in sight for my area.

A couple of nice bucks were taken in northern Warren County. I'm off to Long Island for a few days of neighborhood hunting later this week. That'll certainly be different.
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Hi guys, I just came home today. I saw a bunch of deer but no shots were safe. On the drive back on Moose River Rd. we saw a nice crotch horn standing on the side of the road staring at something. He didn't even flinch when we slowed down to gawk.
Are there any beechnuts this year?
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Old 10-01-2018, 12:36 PM   #18
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I saw plenty where I was hunting.
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Old 10-01-2018, 12:50 PM   #19
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I was out on opening day, but probably spent more time hiking than hunting. I had one encounter with a doe 1/2 hour after sunset as I was making my out of the woods. Other than that, very green, very dense, and pretty warm. Lots of acorns and lots of water now that the rains have refilled everything. I found tracks and fresh scat where I expected animals to be, but deer could have been 100 yards from me and I would have never known it. I only managed to check one of my cameras and had a young, but tall racked 5-pt make a few repeat visits - in velvet as of 9/17 and (apparently) hard horned on 9/25.

Heavy rain on Friday AM kept me inside and then I had other things to take care of. Saw lots of does and fawns on the roadside and in yards during feeding hours. Should be a decent season, plenty of feed out there.
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Old 10-02-2018, 07:28 PM   #20
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Had to take a little time out from bowhunting to chase some fall turkeys. First fall bird I've gotten in years, and one I'm sure I did battle with last spring. Drove off without may camo hat too!
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