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  1. Success within the first hour of the season. She’s hanging out in the deer fridge now.
    43 points
  2. Welp my son has been doing his scouting before school when opening up the chickens. Group of deer moving thru our field a little before 7am everyday this week. We got up at 6am this morning and sat in our "shooting shack" on the edge of the field. Around 7:05 he spooted 2 doe moving from our right to our left in some tall grass. They made their way into a mowed section just under 200 yards out. One stop for a perfect broadside shot, i told him to aim just a little over the center line of her body. He shoots and she takes off 30 yards and is in our woods. Maybe 10 seconds later a doe jumps out of the woods into the field at 180 yards. I cant see blood on it and we quickly decide he should take the shot, she drops in her tracks. We make our way out and the doe in the field is a 1.5 yr old, definitely smaller than the first shot. I find good blood just into the woods and decide to go back to the house, shed a layer and grab a knife. We quickly pick up on the blood and its easy to see this deer isnt going far, 30 yards into the woods shes piled up. He has filled our freezer enough i can concentrate on just shooting a buck if one gets me excited the rest of the season. Im hoping in a few weeks to pack a elk in there so we may not need anymore venison. His goal is to get his first archery kill this year.
    36 points
  3. Just got him home and he’s in his new spot
    30 points
  4. ATV 15 miles last night saw one Bull Moose. Denali today MT was clearly visible, saw caribou, moose ,3 grizzlies, 15 Dall sheep .
    30 points
  5. First Doe of the year down! Savage 220 I was on the ground brushed in with some trees for about 3 hours. At around 7:15pm I gave up and started to walk back to my Jeep. On the way back I spotted what I thought was a deer, sure enough it was, she was about 80 yards below me as I was on a hill. It was very hard for me to get a good sight picture on her, not sure what was going on, maybe it was the lack of light. I took a shot, missed ..... that was a first. Took a second shot and hit her right in the neck, she collapsed where she stood. To be honest I wasn't exactly aiming for her neck, I was aiming for her front half and got lucky with my shot. I think I missed my first shot as I did not account for the fact I was so high above her aiming down. Either way, she's in a cooler packed with ice till I can get her butchered!
    28 points
  6. This morning I took one of my 4-H kids out hunting for the first time. We got on several squirrels, and he had a few shots. What a smile when he knocked out his first one, on both of our parts. Our hunt was short since he had to be at work by 9, but he left one happy kiddo. I think one of the most rewarding parts of this is that this kid would have never have even thought about becoming a hunter if I hadn’t offered. We spent a few days preparing, and he did a fantastic job. He can’t wait to go again. I’ll fry it up for him tomorrow and leave it for him.
    26 points
  7. I've been waiting for last night for 8 years. Last night I took my son out for a PM sit in 8A. This was his first time tagging along on a hunt with me. Temps in the low 70's and a light SSE wind. We were settled in by about 4p. I hiked him in to the 2 story box blind i built last year. The canopy is still way too thick for the upper deck to be useful, so we sat in the bottom area. Around 4:30 we saw a nice buck walk (headed North) from the woods, across a small unplanted section, into the corn. About 20 minutes later we saw a smaller buck behind us in the woods walking South. Hard horns on both. By 6:30 he was starting to get antsy and was ready to go. Being a school night, I decided it was probably time to still hunt back to the truck. The walk is about a mile and would take about 45 minutes. So we pack up and follow the tree line along the bottom of the field and then turn North. I'm not sure what we'll see because of we're walking out with the wind more or less at our backs. Well we didn't make it very far when we spot a group deer about 200 yards North of us feeding along the corridor between the corn and the trees. I took the binos out and counted 7 deer. It was 4 bucks, 2 doe and a fawn. The bucks were all 8 pts or better and one of them was by far the biggest deer I've ever seen alive! It had a big old pot belly, the fur was a bit more gray than the others, and the antlers were dark. My son was super excited. We slowly stalked up to see how close we could get. Ultimately we got to within about 40 yards of the does and the bucks were only 75 yards away. Man I wished it was regular season! My son really wanted me to shoot the doe. I passed though. This was at about 7:30 or so. If I shot, had to trail it, then clean it and drag it out.. I wouldn't have made it to the truck until closer to 9.. then would get home closer to 10.. too late for a school night, so we let them walk. Eventually they all fed out of the area, they didn't spook or blow or anything. It was a perfect first hunt for him. He learned lots of valuable lessons about noise, movement, playing the wind, patience, and that a hunt doesn't need to end with a dead deer to be a success. He can't wait to go back out with me. All in all it couldn't have gone much better.
    24 points
  8. I took my metal detector along the bank of the Hudson River yesterday. I wanted to check out an old swimming hole from the early 1900's. It's also a place were I used to go striper fishing. Aside from the usual assorted junk , this is what I found. 9 wheaties , 3 mercury head dimes , 1 skeleton key , 2 buttons , 1 women's ring and a 1893 Barber dime. Metal detecting is a cool hobby.
    22 points
  9. I came unbelievably close to shooting a six pointer still in velvet. At 22 yards I couldnt see antlers through the scope. I didn't shoot because it was alone so I was suspicious. Ten minutes later he came back out and I could see his rack. As Im watching him a group of does came in. Huge gal with a fawn first and then this one with no fawn in tow. They all locked up (fug east wind) so I decided to shoot. It was only 45 yards or so. Quartering to which I wanted for that shoulder/neck shot with hopefully no tracking. She went down and never even flinched. Once I was in I started thinking this is a bad idea, its too hot and I have too much to do today. I decided Id sit until 7:30, got the shot at 7:15 and it went perfectly. @Chromeslayer coming through with a butcher was huge! The live deer is the buck Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    22 points
  10. So pumped I just can’t wait. A week from Friday I will be heading out to montauk to get on the Viking 5 star for a 48 hour Tuna charter. They say the target species are yellow fin, big eye, wahoo and mahi. Can’t wait to fill the freezer with fish. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    22 points
  11. Long post alert I haven’t posted much in the last few months, thought I’d catch up. No particular reason I haven’t posted, just life got busy for a bit and I’ve been trying to cut back on too much online time after the weather got nice. My mother in law passed away in early April. Full life, passed peacefully at 94 years old. She was the last of our living parents. My wife was the executor of the estate, so we were a bit busy with readying a house for sale, and all the other things that go with settling an estate. All went well, and the house sold last month. Took a few short trips visiting family this summer, and spent a few days at the Ohio Indycar race over the Independence Day weekend. They let you bring ATV’s to ride on the property (not the track itself) so we brought one this year, what a difference to get around a mile and a half long facility on a 90 degree day! Mid-Ohio is becoming an annual thing for us. Been doing some fishing, although not as much as I thought I would in my first summer after I mostly retired. Mostly small waters for bass and panfish. I say mostly retired as I did take a part time gig as one of the tax assessors for the town I live in. I might have mentioned this before. I actually won an election, although I didn’t even know I was running, lol. I was asked last year if I had any interest in doing that. I expressed some interest, so the town board members wrote me in on Election Day. It’s about 4-10 hrs a week usually, summers mostly off. Although the pay is squat the work is interesting and I’ve enjoyed meeting new folks in the town I live in. Picked up a Yamaha Wolverine last month. I’ve been looking since last October, but supply chain woes had just about zero availability. I lucked out on an order that someone placed and then couldn’t get financing for. After I snatched that one up, the next nationally available one was in Alabama. Sold a 20 year old Yamaha Grizzly 660 to make room in the garage (still have a Grizzly 450). It’s crazy what used machines are selling for. Sold it for $3500 after paying $6000 for it 20 years ago. I was going to post it here, but it literally sold in minutes for full asking price after listing it on Craigslist. Probably could have got $4000 for it. Crazy. Youngest granddaughter approves of the side by side! Got my rifle buck back last month too. I really like how it turned out. Recently busy with stand maintenance and am building a platform/tower stand in our best spot. Should have have the platform in place this weekend. New pup is doing well. Very lovable little guy, but he’s way slow to get house broken. He definitely leverages his cuteness after an accident. As always this time of year, I’m looking forward to deer season and hopefully a Bills Super Bowl season!
    22 points
  12. 19 points
  13. Salty! Another epic trip in the books. Pounded on stripers, blues, and finally got the time to find the albies. Sent from my SM-G998U using Tapatalk
    18 points
  14. Another two great mounts by DJ Custom Taxidermy. Was looking for some different poses extreme sneak and a fighting pose. The fighter had so many chunks out of his ears.
    18 points
  15. A friend of mine who used to do taxidermy locally shot this ancient old buck in OH back in 2016 and it had been in his freezer ever since. Admittedly, partly due to the fact that it had a giant bullet hole in the cape and very ripped out ears, he never got around to mounting it himself and passed his mess on to me. So, in turn, I saved his deer for last...lol. This deer had an giant cape with a 8.25" eye to nose measurement so I had to take the largest replacement head that Ohio Taxidermy makes and lengthen it by a half an inch to replace the head on the original wall pedestal form. I'm very happy how it came together! I do plan on taking some deer in for the upcoming season. There will be a hike in prices over last year due to supply cost increases across the board (thanks Biden). I haven't settled on what I will charge yet because I haven't had to order any supplies since spring and I don't know exactly how much things have gone up. Anyone interested can PM me on here. Thanks and good like this season!
    17 points
  16. Got a video of a couple of bucks sparring pretty good this morning! Haven't seen either one of these bucks around this summer, but they just appeared on a couple cams this morning. It's getting to be about that time!! If you turn the volume up, you can hear the antlers banging together. https://photos.app.goo.gl/LHS86YcdTPmPaX386
    17 points
  17. Crushed em on the big lake today. 5 kings 1 coho. 2 man limit by 1130am Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
    17 points
  18. Luna and Kunox are back for season number eight. Bear season opens on Saturday and we are chomping at the bit to get out! When in doubt, back out without grid searching and make the call! Good luck to everyone this season!
    16 points
  19. Serving the capital region or anyone willing to travel to Troy/Brunswick. This is year 4 for me and I think I finally have a vague idea of what I'm doing now! I'll be doing standard deer shoulder mounts for $350 this year. Specialty poses might cost a little more depending on the price of the form. Euro's will be $75. Have some experience with other critters too. Spent the first 3 years mounting animals in my living room but now it's time to take it to the next level. Can't wait to see what you guys bring me! But most importantly... shoot straight and have fun making meat and memories! Here's some of my work: Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
    16 points
  20. Canceled job turned in to impromptu squirrel hunt. Saw quite a bit of wildlife for a 4 hour hunt. 4 deer, 2 different flocks of turkeys and a bald eagle. And put 4 bushy tails in the freezer. Good day Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
    16 points
  21. Friend caught this last evening in the allegany river on a topwater lure.
    16 points
  22. Though some of you would enjoy this series.
    15 points
  23. It's been the slowest summer on trailcam that I've ever had for big bucks. It was to be expected as the local buck herd got slaughtered last fall. The other day I was looking through old pics reminiscing about some of the awesome deer that I've had history with over the past several years. I decided to post a few of them. This isn't the midwest by any means but most of these bucks are 5.5 to 6.5 years old with a couple being 7.5. It's almost unimaginable that a deer can evade a rifle bullet for that many seasons. All these bruisers are from Steuben County 8P/8R in areas that are far from being considered intensively managed...
    15 points
  24. Time for a shop update before deer season. First thing we did was fix the roof. Buddy of mine gave me a great deal on it. Found out the hard way that the foundation leaked on a semi warm day in February as the ice started melting Worst part of it was from about a 10ft section that was brick instead of concrete. I assume it's where the original overhead door was and they just filled it in with brick when they added on the huge addition to the shop. I pointed and parged it the best I could then hit it with 3 coats of drylok. So far so good but I'm probably gonna have to serious foundation work next year. I dug 2 trenches to try and divert as much water as possible and so far it's been dry Gutted the whole shop down to studs and took a 30 yard dumpster of debris out of here. And I packed the heck out of it, I'm a furniture mover so I know how to pack Got this place somewhat organized for now. Made myself a makeshift skinning machine using a heavy 3/4 inch steel plate with chains and locking pliers under the half-ton electric winch the previous owner left. I have another heavy steel plate to go on top of the other in case it's not heavy enough. Haven't tried it yet... soon enough I hope Already mounted 2 turkeys in here and hopefully more to come Did a little painting outside too Guess that's about it for now Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
    15 points
  25. I wanna meet these millionaires that are hanging out here. Are they single? Prefer the gals, but if they will bankroll a bunch of hunts; I can’t afford to be choosy.
    15 points
  26. We'll had my right hip replacement surgery today at UVM CVPH health network. Was at hospital by 830 very emotional time not knowing and worrying what could happen. Had very good group of people taking care of me. Being a combat veteran using the community cares program for local treatment instead of the long haul travel 2 1/2 hours to Stratton VA hospital in Albany. They took precautions for my PTSD. Nurses anesthesiologist and Dr we're great. Started me off with IV and lyrica Tylenol aspirin and celebrex. I was the youngest person the Dr performed this surgery on. Surgery went great Dr said my hip bone was very bad. Came out of anesthesia without incident. They were preparing for the worst not knowing. Ate some food and drank some water orange juice and cranberry juice. Did PT walking around with walker and crutches. Walked up stairs and bent down to pick something up and bent down to touch my ankle. Came home around 400. Did some sunbathing out side in walker and relaxing. Took a few walks and exercises like recommended. Dozed off for 10 minutes after meds. Now just relaxing. Going to take my recovery slow. Pain is not bad less than I had before. I was originally scheduled for September 30 but they had a cancellation and bumped me up to today. Hopefully I'll be able to make it out deer hunting at some point. Sorry for rambling on. Now it's trying to find something to keep me busy while I recover any recommendations would be great. Huntingny has been great with information and meeting new friends to hunt with.
    14 points
  27. It’ll be hard enough to get my Swiss Army knife on the cruise ship ! Although our lady guide on a trail walk today had a stainless short barreled 12ga over her shoulder . besides it’s all really old people , some with canes , I can simply knock them over then run . I also put some salmon in the Mrs pockets ….. and she’s slow as hell .
    14 points
  28. they’re out there! Just got in.
    14 points
  29. Had a buck around last fall that had some unique curled brow tines. I got a pic of a nice buck last week and as soon as I saw his brows, it reminded me of the buck from last fall. Sure looks like it could be the same buck? If not the same buck, the same genetics anyways.
    14 points
  30. 30" 10.4 pounds. Tried to release, but it didn't make it.
    14 points
  31. I've never seen any black bear sign where I hunt , so I was quite surprised to see one on my trail camera. I'm guessing he smelled the bait that I put out for bobcats and coyotes a few months ago. Judging by the size of his ears , he looks pretty small.
    13 points
  32. I won't be hunting this year because all of my firearms were lost in a mysterious, unfortunate boating accident in the middle of Seneca Lake... Instead of hunting I am going to volunteer my time to the Committee to Re-elect Governor Hochul....
    13 points
  33. Well I switched gears after stoping in today at the Massy dealer. They have the E and M series. I was going to buy the 1835 E. The 1835 M is bigger in all aspects. Also has a power shuttle. I asked them for a quote on the M and it was 3k more. A no brainer for me. So I take delivery in a week or so. I took some picts before I left. Thanks for all the input into the decision.
    13 points
  34. Going to try keep this as up to date as possible this year. I’ve scouted a bunch of pieces since last winter and have been letting cameras soak most of the summer. I’ve got 3 bucks I’m targeting that I’ve personally seen and 1 I’ve only heard rumors about but will see if I can get on sign from it. seasons right around the corner and have some last minute things to finish up and practice some more with my climbing setup so I have the least amount of screwups on opening day. Only have a couple goals this year. 1 is to get my father on a decent buck or just able to get into the woods, hopefully get a buck with my bow big enough for a shoulder mount, improve on my outdoor/hunting skills some more, and spend sometime with friends and family enjoying what we love. Below are the 3 big main bucks I’m hoping to track down this year. The wide 7 I had an encounter with last year. can’t wait for the chest match to begin. Good luck to all those going out this year.
    12 points
  35. Maybe it’s just coincidence but … I think he should be charged.
    12 points
  36. I finally saw a few deer on my 6th early antlerless hunt, on The afternoon of Tuesday September 13. It was about 60 degrees, when I walked out back at 6:00 and there was a steady 10 mph west wind blowing. I have been wanting to hunt my deer foodplot court, on the west edge, but the wind hasn’t been right (east would have been best). I couldn’t wait any longer, so I headed to my “natural blind” located about 75 yards to the east of those plots. On my walk back, there was a unicorn fork horn buck standing in the clover plot along the east side, that I had hunted the evening prior. He moved into cover as I passed, then came back out to feed, 10 minutes after I settled into my blind, 175 yards directly upwind of him. Evercalm works well for 1.4 year old bucks apparently, because he fed there for at least 15 minutes. At 7:00, I caught movement in close,upwind to my west. A young doe passed 5 yards away. I slowly moved my gun towards her and she bolted off after catching that motion. I nearly fired, but caught more movement behind her. That was a much larger doe and she stopped, slightly quartering away, at 15 yards, allowing for a quick heart-shot, with my 50 cal T/C Omega ML, with 24O gr black sleeved bullet and 100 gr of T7 powder. She bolted off, swinging thru a little patch of cover, and emerging in a shooting lane 50 yards to my NW. I saw her flop down dead there. She is the same “back strap momma” that I have seen and photographed several times. The smaller doe with her must have been her last year’s fawn. The coyotes probably got this year’s. She didn’t have any milk in her, and she was very fat.
    12 points
  37. Denali pics , only 30% of visitors get a clear day to see it . We’re now in Talkeetna , 5 hour jet boat on a river tomorrow.
    12 points
  38. I get excited to see the bucks on my property in August and September, never to be seen again in October or November! This year may be different, we will see!
    11 points
  39. Hit the jetty at Jones beach tonight, got into some smaller blues and caught the spacex launch on the walk in Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    11 points
  40. I was suppose to go on this trip but my back is killing me and life is busy. Cape Hatteras. My buddy has the boat two more days. Wahoo was a steady bite all day.
    11 points
  41. Walleye two ways. Walleye cornbread fish cakes with homemade tartar, baked lemon pepper walleye, fried cabbage. Way good. Sent from my motorola edge 5G UW (2021) using Tapatalk
    11 points
  42. I was perusing another forum this afternoon, and just happened upon a fantastic deal. I’ve been casually looking at flintlocks for a while now, not really too seriously. I wanted a full stock rifle by a good maker, and unfortunately most of those guns were to pricey for me right now. When this one popped up and said “Albany, NY”, I jumped all over it. It’s a .45 Pedersoli Flintlock Kentucky Rifle, never been fired. I’ve got to pick up a new set of accoutrements to fit both the caliber and action, but I’m hopeful I can get shooting with it in a few weeks.
    11 points
  43. 2022 Finger Lakes vacation is a wrap. We did 7 nights on Keuka and 2 on Canadaigua. Crushed the panfish and did ok on smallies. Kids has a blast.
    11 points
  44. I've had standard results this year with bucks. Some that have been keeping some great routines that I hope continues into 10/1. This dude though.... I have too many photos that I love of this deer. Sent from my SM-G998U using Tapatalk
    11 points
  45. As crazy as it sounds, some morons still will. Including a few on this forum
    10 points
  46. Jet boat ,Devil’s canyon .
    10 points
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