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  1. 16 points
    8 yards shot ran 20 yards and dropped. Simmons Tree Shark and an arrow that weighs 630 grain did the job.
  2. 12 points
    I have no clue where my attachment went. Lets try again....
  3. 7 points
    Well after three days up in our Catskills camp seeing nothing but birds and squirrels we packed up Monday afternoon and headed back home. By the time we got back it was 3 p.m. I decided to jump right back in the jeep and head to my bow hunting spot in Rockland county (NY). I was settled in the stand by 4:30 and I'm glad I did. Right as the sun was setting, I had a few fawns and a young buck feeding below my stand. A nice mature doe came out and I began that slow, calculated process of getting the bow ready to draw. Just as I was about to draw I saw another deer coming down the trail. A buck! He hit the Y in the trail and thankfully he picked to go to the left. He came right under my stand. He paused and I let the arrow go, heart and lung shot, I heard him crash and sat shaking in my tree stand for a good 15 minutes or so. Only my second buck ever, I was absolutely thrilled to put a good shot on him and recover him. 100 grain Spitfire Maxx broadheads, Mission Venture bow.
  4. 7 points
    I was reading a book when at 5pm I thought I heard a grunt...there had been nothing but squirrels and that stinking wood chuck....ha the gun comes out tomorrow,,,,...I glassed the woods and there was a large doe and fawn...all spooked up...they exited stage lft...when I saw legs moving 140 yrds out...in files some fawn but absolutely huge doe with some yearling doe....Great they will be headed this way ...the fawn already were headed for the big oak behind the blind....when on the scene charges a rowdy 6pt...and he manages to chase all the older doe out of the area...then proceeds to feed...well this doe wasn't look too big to me until she had another doe and fawn walk by...the 6pt was headed our way and she kept a weary on on him...at 20 yrds she finally turned broad side and I let the arrow fly...it hit her and she nearly tipped over and then reared up and flipped over on to the arrow...it had hit her opposite shoulder...she never left that spot until I picked her up with the tractor.... But alas she then promptly sought her revenge...besides breaking the arrow....when returning with the tractor there were to good sized fawn standing over her ....geezzz....thankfully she had no milk so they will be fine and have each other....I glanced back as I drove away with her in the bucket...the two just stood on the edge of some sorghum watching us leave ...Oh well it won't taint the taste!
  5. 5 points
    This came to me last night. During this last weekend, Sunday, a 15 year old youth was lucky enough to put his tag on the buck of a lifetime. This weekend was his first time hunting deer. 13 scorable points, going to gross in the mid 160's. Bases just shy of 8". Deer was aged at 5-1/2. Taken at 20 yards How do you top that in a hunting career.
  6. 5 points
    Here is my first buck with the bow!! He came in around 5:30 with another smaller buck down a heavily traveled path towards my stand. The smaller buck split off from the larger buck and started heading towards my 9:00 which is directly downwind of me. The larger buck kept heading down the trail, stopped at a scrape with a licking branch, took a piss down his back legs and then started heading towards my 12:00. As this was happening I notice the smaller buck now directly downwind of me is putting his nose in the air and staring in my direction. The larger buck begins to turn and present me with a quartering shot and what is going through my head is "I better take this shot now before the little buck figures me out and blows"!!! So I drew back and launched an arrow..... He jumped and ran ten yards... then took 7 or 8 slow steps and then went out of view disappearing under the canopy of branches. Now I am texting my buddies how I screwed up and missed a nice buck and I'm not worthy of sitting in this stand, etc. So 30 minutes go by and I decide that I at least want to go find my arrow and broad-head. So now I'm on the ground looking around and I notice blood on the ground!!!!! As I am having this epiphany I notice the buck laying under a tree about 25 yards away looking at me!! So I grab my bow and the only shot I had was through his neck so I took it and ended it for him. Turns out my first shot went through his one lung and then passed through his gut on the opposite side. I know I should have just left the woods when I saw him down and waited it out but I couldn't contain my excitement so I took the follow up shot. Can't wait till November 16th.
  7. 4 points
    Just posting the pic for people to enjoy. Not the biggun' I'm looking for but nevertheless enjoyable hunt. Had to bump him off the bed at the end of that morning hunt as I wasn't planning on shooting him this year given he's a basket 6. Snuck back in for the p.m. hunt and he returned to it.
  8. 4 points
    I was told by a dec officer before that you need to call them or or the police and usually they will put a tag on it for you or if you don't want to try that you have to use your own tag other wise it's illegal.
  9. 3 points
    that went a field this past weekend during the youth deer hunt! Your memories will last a lifetime!
  10. 2 points
    It's amazing how a thread that started out as a reminder turned into battleground for a few. This thread should have celebrated the fact that the youth hunters in NY could have posted their stories of in the field. Their successes and their experiences in the deer woods. As a bowhunter and gun hunter I can honestly say that I am disgusted with the exploits of some members on here. Now we've even resorted to name calling...makes you wonder who the real "youth" are!!
  11. 2 points
    There sure are people who do but I, personally, don't seem to understand it. Winning is the accomplishment. Not the medal that's giving to the winner. It's like showing off a medal that you didn't win.
  12. 2 points
    I've never been a big fan of guns with exposed hammers for kids just starting out, unless they have prior experience handling them. The fact that the hammer has to be let down by holding it back, pulling the trigger and easing it forward once it was fully cocked makes me a little uneasy.
  13. 2 points
    Bucks bed willy nilly - no way to figure them out. He is facing north, with the wind blowing south. There's a slight knoll/hill there that we're on. He's watching the area he can't smell and the wind is blowing scent to him from the south where he's not looking.
  14. 2 points
    that's awesome. He is going to be disappointed from here on out haha.
  15. 2 points
    what about bluegrass? my ego is sensitive. i do require pats on the back too
  16. 2 points
    The budget will never be balanced when half the country depends on the other half to take care of their lazy asses, and govt keeps doing it. Now wer need to borrow more money to pay the interest on what we have already borrowed, and that is supposed to just get rubber stamped. I remember ol barry the wonder man saying a few years back it should not be raised as it is a sign of poor leadership. When you are borrowing money to pay the bill for money you already borrowed there is a serious problem. The budget will get balanced when we stop paying out more than we take in. Simple math.
  17. 2 points
    Trying not to be offended by that remark. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
  18. 2 points
    My point was that how is a 14/15 year old shooting a shotgun at a deer any different than me shooting my .17 at a squirrel or my .22 Hornet at a coyote in terms of the shot spooking the deer. Or by moving through the woods. I wasn't aware that anyone had to pay to hunt this weekend. As far as I know, as long as you hold a valid bow license, you've already paid to hunt these 46 days, so saying that this is a weekend you paid to hunt is kinda ridiculous. FYI, those youth hunters paid to hunt this weekend, by the same logic, because they paid for a big game tag that was valid for them to use this weekend.
  19. 2 points
    I have grabbed a few deadheads (my picture is from a deadhead actually) while shed hunting and it never crossed my mind that it could somehow be illegal - knowing NY laws, I better hide e'm!
  20. 2 points
    I was away for a while, but I remember reading this exact thread last year. The names were changed to protect the innocent.
  21. 2 points
    After a nice cold morning two doe bounced into the winter rye plot. Took one. The other stayed in the area a few seconds after the shot broadside. She seemed puzzled, could have doubled but I let her walk. Told myself only one doe off the property this year. Good hunting.
  22. 2 points
    Took this one at 8 yards. High angle hit both lungs went 20 yards and dropped.
  23. 2 points
    Last Sunday the Mrs. And I switched cars I was traveling for work so I kept hers at the airport and she used mine and had the winter tires put on while I was gone. The night before I left I moved the hunting gear I keep in my trunk into her Rav 4, scent free bags full of clothes, bow in the case, otter etc. I needed to make room to put the tires in for her. Rather then bring my hunting stuff inside I left it in the car as usually. Next morning I head to the airport early and in a hurry and notice some cd's, paperwork etc on the passenger side floor it looked the the car was rummaged thru but everything was closed up so I really paid no attention and knew all my stuff was still in the back. I get back Thursday night and Friday AM the wife and I switch cars back but I still had a set if tires in mine and I left the hunting gear in hers to switch after work. She now notices her gps and 20 dollars are missing which is then I realize the car was broken into I must have left it unlocked. She never uses the gps and oh well and the 20 dollars could be worst considering my bow and hunting clothes are still there. After work I go to get my hunting stuff out of her car and realize my bow is not in the case! It was stolen! Call renter insurance and the cops file a report and claim and I'm miserable! My brother recommended checking craigslist and wouldn't you know it there is a listing from oct 10th with a pic of my bow from a pawn shop around tr corner. Pawn owner was nice enough to give me the bow back Friday night without much hassle. Had an awesome sit Saturday AM and was able to close the deal on a doe. All this after thinking my entire season was lost. Lesson we'll learned!
  24. 1 point
    Just thought I'd put out a reminder that the youth deer season is this weekend, Oct. 12-14th. Don't know if it'll impact how or where you plan on hunting this weekend, so I just thought I'd mention it. No need to turn this into a debate....
  25. 1 point
    Vetch, great food source and you won't be spreading a problem via the river washing seed/roots to other areas... its what they use on overpass hillsides. Please stay away from non native... it may solve your problem but create big ones for other people. this holds true for plants ,animal, ect... few examples, purple loosstrife, Asiatic carp, zebra mussle, autumn olive,starlings, the list goes on and on....
  26. 1 point
    Agree 110%! It's pathetic! It's the same members that have to beat their chests and turn most of the other threads on this site south too! I really intended on posting my daughters first deer pics on here, but it's not worth the bother...
  27. 1 point
    If more and more New Yorkers pass on 1.5 and some 2.5 you would see a difference in the quality and the number of quality bucks in the State. Co-ops are a huge success..... and individual farms can be successful, but the more 1.5's can make it to 2.5 is the start. In NY around 120,000 bucks are taken each year, and 54% are 1.5 that is over 60,000 bucks never see 2. Part of the problem is we live in an immediate gratification society where everyone expects immediate results and need to have an immediate harvest of a buck. Oklahoma's buck harvest only includes 15% 1.5 year olds and they DO NOT have mandatory AR's.
  28. 1 point
    This past weekend was my first chance to hunt and it was just a little too warm. Had contact with everyone elses problems from downshifting big wheelers, cars, tons of motorcycles, chain saws, duck-hunters, squirrels, chipmunks, birds all over, mosquitoes, and your trying your best to just hear the rustle of deer coming is just about impossible. The squirrels running all around, you turn around finally to take a shot at them, and there's a deer looking right at you, and your thinking "REALLY".
  29. 1 point
    A few years ago, I was hunting DEP land on the last day of the shotgun season. I was sitting just over the property line on the DEP land with my back to some houses. I was in all orange for safety reasons. Some little kid was outside in his yard (probably like 200 yards away) screaming at me for like 3 hours, screaming things like "Go Home, You won't shoot a Deer!,", etc. His mom was outside with him, she didnt say anything. They could probably see me because of the orange. Finally at the last minute of legal shooting light. I unloaded all 5 rounds as fast as I could, then I stood up and screaming "I got one, I got one". The Mom took the kid inside immediately.
  30. 1 point
    Why not call him? He left his number.
  31. 1 point
    Almost as hard as saying the youth ruined a hunt.
  32. 1 point
  33. 1 point
    my .02 I think it's early to be grunting every 15-20 min. like some people do during the rut. I soft grunt here and there shouldn't really hurt anything, but be sure you're alone when you do it. I once grunted after a few hours of nothing only to scare a 6 point that had bed down at some point right next to me haha. I also believe if you have a buck coming in, then it starts to leave it really can't hurt to give a couple soft grunts. I mean... he's leaving anyhow. haha.
  34. 1 point
    Is cutting up your own out of the question? That will give you exactly what you want. Hunt down a grinder, boning knife, cutting board, Cling wrap, Freezer Wrap, masking tape and a Sharpie. Regardless, I'd think you could get a butcher to do it as long as he isn't jammed with opening day mayhem!! Luck.........................
  35. 1 point
    possible being the weekend is 6/7 days away, remember, better safe than sorry, allow a little extra time. i know you said your symptoms have improved being able to lift a gallon jug, but that is the cardinal sin cause patients think, great ! and proceed to over due it and end up worse than they started... as a fellow bow hunter I KNOW your itchin , but the weather is still warm, the rut is not for another couple weeks, so don't blow it now... great that its only a lig sprain, and not a surgical candidate like a labral tear, or even rotator cuff involvment which can be a touchy situation cause it is constantly in play with shoulder movement.. gradually increase your shoulder act and the weight you lift with it... if you have some discomfort that last more than an hour or two after activity, back off, slow it down... otherwise some pain or discomfort that goes away with rest after some act, your ok, still you want to work just short of what produces those symptoms... good luck n i hope to see you in the bow harvest thread this season! Joe
  36. 1 point
    well my group paid for one for a week and various groups are doing the same
  37. 1 point
    What if my dog finds the shed and carries it back to the truck ? Take that NYS
  38. 1 point
    Although i did not shoot anything. It was a great experience and learned alot. I now know where we are putting a new stand up on Wednesday, i also know where a big 4 pointer has a scrape. Let a small 6, a big 4, another 4, and 3 spikes go. Will go after them next year when they are a little more mature. And i didn't shoot any doe because i would like to shoot them with my bow, so i feel confident for if a big boy gives me a shot and i have my bow. I consider this weekend a success.
  39. 1 point
    7779 (61% eligible) in 2012 - probably less than 10,000 this year spread out across the entire state. And you where surrounded by them? OK.
  40. 1 point
    If the retention rate increases, it will be successful in that respect. If you move it to the first week of gun, you are removing the nice weather, more calm, pattern-able deer part of it. As far as the abused tags go, Im sure there were, but you cant judge an overall program by a few bad apples. You keep spouting the doom and gloom that was being pushed by certain groups to oppose the implementation of the youth season, even after the vast majority of it has already been proven wrong. These special youth seasons have been successful other places, and are nothing brand new, NY is not some sort of pilot program.
  41. 1 point
    That's for sure! Well they have migrated from that area to CSH and down the greenbelt trail into the farm/woods area by Pulaski and Oakwood road, Pulaski and Lake in greenlawn. To say they are starting to multiply would be an understatement... They are in the farms on Jericho tpke by Warner road and they are in West Hills Park. Not to mention all the young bucks that leave Eatons Neck every year into Northport and Fort Salonga. Muttontown persevere, Bethpage state park, Blydenbergh. I don't think anything will be done until a few fatalities become reality unfortunately... I though Lyme would scare people but apparently not...
  42. 1 point
    I live 5 minutes away from there and thats the first I've heard of that.Several years ago the state brought in "Snipers" in a controlled hunt to thin the herd and that caused a small controversy. The deer herd in western suffolk/eastern nassau is growing,Its going to get interesting in the comeing years to see how they deal with this situation.
  43. 1 point
    All to often deer hunters forget that there have always been other season's running concurrent with theirs. Wether you agree or disagree with a youth season doesn't matter, there has always been small game and Duck hunting going on and I would find it impossible to tell what someone is shooting at from a simple sound of gun fire.
  44. 1 point
    My preference between the two would be the more mature thicker 6pt. Still waiting for that dilema this year. lol
  45. 1 point
    The number of "we" that got hooked has been declining for years. So let's keep doing the same and wait for the results to change.
  46. 1 point
  47. 1 point
    passed small does for a week and it paid off.... Sent from my MB886 using Forum Fiend v1.0.1.
  48. 1 point
    I hunt huge private land or deep in the Adirondacks so honestly nothing drives me crazy... I'm having so much fun and everything just sounds and feels like hunting season!
  49. 1 point
    Got a nice buck on Sunday Oct 6. The fun part about this buck was that i saw him my first morning out on Friday Oct 4th. He gave me a perfect broadside shot at 25 yds and I guess I just didn't settle my pin like i should have and i shot under him and sheered off a few of his chest hairs. I was a little disappointed but I had already taken a doe that morning and i had 3 months to find him again. On Sunday morning I sat up in the same tree and though I saw many does, he never came out. as I walked out of the woods that morning I came across ground zero. A small area with 2 or 3 active scrapes and every sapling rubbed free of bark. I knew this is where he was coming out from bedding all day. Lucky for me there was a big black pine with good vantage points right along the trail. I unpacked the climber, got out the saw and trimmed it for a 20' high sit. I was back in the stand at about 3pm that afternoon and almost immediately the does started coming out. I counted 9 in total and it didn't take long for me to get skylined. I was frozen in an uncomfortable position for over an hour before those pissed off does left the area. About 5:30pm I hear a crack behind me, looked down and there he was. I had to spin an lift the bow up over the side bar of my stand and i did this with great care making sure I didn't catch any of the bark on the black pine. He took a few steps as I drew back, gave me a quartering away shot a little better than straight down and I let fly. The arrow made a loud, deep thud as it sunk in high on his rib cage and lodged in his shoulder on the opposite side. I knew the arrow didn't pass thru and he turned and crashed in thru some of the thickest most dense tangle of brush, stickers and vines you can imagine. It sounded like Buick as he blasted 60 or so yards through the brush ending with a solid loud CRASH. I knew he was down. I got out of the stand immediately to begin finding him and I made note of the direction of where he crashed. This brush is so thick you might have to go 20' sideways just to get back on trail and go 2' forward. I found a few drops of blood that had splashed out of his back and moved forward. It didn't take long for me to lose the trail on the wet leaves and it seems several other deer spooked with him so following the running tracks wasn't working. I finally gave up and thought I would bring my beagle back to help me find him. I had gotten so turned around in there (it's really like one of those mouse mazes) that I just looked up over the trees and headed for daylight. And to my amazement, there he was. And as luck would have it, he died only 40' from a field. It still took me a good 10 minutes of maneuvering and a few cuts to get him out of there but I made it. he's not the biggest deer but It was a very fulfilling hunt and my strategy change paid off.
  50. 1 point
    coyote followed a fawn past me.....not anymore Sent from my MB886 using Forum Fiend v1.0.1.
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