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Well this was indeed a better week of hunting for me. The rut started showing signs of life and the bucks were on the move. I have seen some chasing but mainly it’s been a lot of seeking and the does are getting nervous. The weather has been better with temps dropping into the 40 degree range which has helped with deer movement. In addition to taking 2 doe from the town management property I was able to arrow a nice 9 point buck which scored roughly (and I mean rough… I did it myself) 130 Gross and 121 3/4 117 1/2 Gross and 108 3/4 with deductions (made a mistake the first time). (See pics below). Unfortunately I don’t think it will score a Pope and Young Buck but it is a World Record Buck in my book!


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I was a lucky boy today

On Sunday I moved my permanent stand at the town property. Although I still think the original spot will produce, I am just too close to the road that the residents (or as I like to call them, the trespassers) walk. I decided I should move it deeper into the woods… and I did. This morning I couldn’t wait to get into the stand to try out the new spot.

I put on a set those felt pads with the elastic that wrap on your boot to hold scent and loaded it up with doe estrous and started my 3/4 mile walk to the stand. I was hoping to lure the 9 pointer I seen on the camera out into the open. I got to the stand at 5:45am. It was a little later than I like, especially with the moon as bright as it was but I wasn’t too concerned. At 6:30am 2 doe started walking down the hill STRAIGHT to my stand. I was happy with the stand placement and the wind direction so I felt I could get one of these doe. The lead doe came into my area and turned quartering away and I shot… and she ran. The doe that was traveling with her ran in the opposite direction. I never seen her go down but I felt the shot was good.

Since it was so early and I had plenty of time left, I sat back down in the stand and continued to hunt. About 15 minutes later the second doe came back down the hill. This deer had no clue I was in the stand. She came to me and turned broadside at 10 yards. I drew and let another arrow fly. She ran and dropped about 40 yards from my stand after unsuccessfully trying to negotiate a stone wall.

All-in-all it was a very good day. I was able to take 2 doe for the freezer and knock 2 doe from my deer management assistance quota. I am only going to post one of the deer since the picture with both isn’t pretty…

My first doe of the season

 

Ask anyone that knows me and they know how bent out of shape I get when a deer is shot and not recovered. I feel that they are responsible for giving me my favorite hobby so they deserve our respect. I gave a good hearted attempt to recover today but….

 

 

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Here are some pictures Mike sent me of some bucks he has harvested over the years including the 8 pointer he has taken in 2009 so far. These bucks were ALL taken from Westchester County, NY. Looks like a nice trophy room.

 

Mike's 8 pointer

Just giving my recap for Monday afternoon’s hunt. We may need the CSI team in to solve this one. Sorry for the tapping on the desk. I didn’t even realize I was doing it.

 

On a slightly different subject (that I forgot to mention in the video), I was emailed this article about a family who had their dog shot by a bowhunter in a town park that doesn’t allow hunting. It’s bad enough that the person trespassed and illegally hunted the area, but to shoot the guy’s dog!… That’s just down right wrong. Even though I was told that it is legal to shoot dogs in the woods in New York, keep in mind that the dog probably belongs to a family who really loved him. There are plenty of other animals to shoot, leave the family pets alone.

http://www.lohud.com/article/2009910270364
OK, end of rant.

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The NYS DEC have begun mailing about 21,000 leftover Deer Management Permits (DMPs) to hunters who were previously denied during the initial application period. This correction process occurs each year and lets us issue the target number of permits in units where we didn’t receive as many applicants as we expected.

DEC will also have several Wildlife Management Units with DMPs available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning Sunday, November 1. During this extended application period, hunters can apply for up to 2 additional DMPs in these units.

See http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/59293.html for the full announcement and list of units involved.

If you are curious about the DMP quota setting and issuance process, you may enjoy reading about it at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/47743.html

Where did the deer go?

Here is a recap of this weeks hunting for me….