The Engineer

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About The Engineer

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    New York Hunter
  • Birthday 06/15/1968

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    Male
  • Location
    Long Island / Grand Gorge
  • Interests
    Anything outdoors

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  • Hunting Location
    Grand Gorge
  • Hunting Gun
    BAR 30-06
  • Bow
    Bear

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  1. I started on public land in the Catskills and now have property there. On your first hunt luck will be the only thing you can't buy and pack but increasing your odds of just seeing one let alone getting one. You already clarified you are going gun season. Still hunting is not the best option on opening day with people in the woods. So how do you increase your odds. First is getting the lay of the land. Get to know your area and start walking it now and look for signs. Another way to increase the odds is go in early and go deep. Most humans are lazy by nature and most likely won't go further then a 1/2 mile in rough stuff. If you go in early and deep it's a good chance something will get pushed towards you or if your quite they will go to a quite area on public land. I don't know where you live but start your daily walks now to get your legs to moving. Get some kind of back pack nothing crazy your not in the Yukon that you can put some real essential things with you, water, food, compass, whistle, pull over rain poncho, rope and deer gutting equipment. If you do get lucky. Again increase your odds get to know where you're going to be. Learn the land and look for signs like trails, poop yes poop , food sources and bedding areas. Welcome to group, alot of educational opportunities here
  2. I wasn't as clear sorry. Forget about the doe tags because on LI its 95% guarantee. In 4P not so much. With my bow tag I can get with either compound bow or crossbow not both. Also with the muzzle loader tag I can use that for crossbow for the last 2 weeks of archery season.
  3. So. Now that I have my bow license and my gun and my black powder tag. How many deer does that let me take? I was going to use my compound bow on Long Island then many crossbow upstate the last 2 weeks before rifle season. Then gun upstate and black powder on LI. So my first question is can I get a deer with both compound and crossbow and still get one with black powder or will I lose that right? Sorry the only question not explained on the online course
  4. Got mine the other day. I have been putting it off for years. Sitting on the couch a couple of nights was great. I told 2 guys at work and they taking it. One of them is doing the hunter safety course too.
  5. The best bait to bring them to the surface or on the pond bank is BEACON trust me it's the best bar none. As a kid I would catch turtles from a local lake and sell them to pond owners in the neighborhood. One day I caught 22 in 4 hours. Tie a strip of beacon and swish it around and slowly bring it to the bank and have net under the water he'll swim right after the beacon. Scoop it up or shoot it.
  6. The Bernie Sanders action committee and hunting and the AOC Gut and Fish. This is a close 3rd
  7. I just picked up a Haban 61 inch tow behind with a 21 hp Briggs and Stratton. I have 48 inch walk behind Troy built sickle mower works great on 3' grass /brush up to an inch. I was just getting tired of doing the hills. So I went to Pa and grabbed the mower for 700 and 3 point 72" box scraper for the tractor. The pull behind needs a good time up and fresh fuel and 3 new blades. I'm going to start growing more clover on the hills over looking the pond. With the pull behind I'll be able to maintain the clover better. Plus more toys I'm tools honey to use
  8. I spent 12 hours opening weekend of crossbow missed an 8. The following weekend spent about the same and got a 9. Opening day weekend 12 plus hours looking for the 8. Following weekend and week spent 6 hours per day for 6 days only saw a 100 doe a spike and 4 pointer. My neighbor it turns out gout my 8. This weekend out 4 hours and got a doe. A big doe I was targeting. I would show a picture but the only one took was after I skinned it. I also did the butchering on both so that was another 6 hours total. Which was very cool and a great learning experience. I have 1 buck tag left which I will use on Long Island next month. So lot of hours a lot of meat and an understanding wife. I'm sure its going to cost me
  9. Yes I'm a little south from there. Good hunting because few people get the permit or go in there at least by me.
  10. Hello Hank you gaining experience. No worries like Grampy said sit still and watch. I don't know if you have a doe tag, but just wait and watch. If your lucky enough to see deer watch what they do where they are doing it and what times they are doing it. Seeing bucks this time of the season is hit or miss. Doe are much more abundant and more day time creatures then bucks after the rut. On my property which is not huge from 6:30 to 9 the doe go from bedding in my neighbor's property through the back of mine and up the mountain for the day. At 3:30 to dark they come off the mountain through the front onto my property close to my cabin and go back to the bedding area. I learned this pattern just by watching quietly and you will learn too. Remember where's theirs doe will be bucks during the rut. Just watch and learn
  11. I have the Milwaukee heated sweat jacket. I use it under my hunting jacket. Worked great even on opening weekend when it was 16 on Saturday and 11 on Sunday in a tree stand. I even bought battery heated gloves for $30. Put them on low and put on military mittens over them. I stayed out for 4 hours like nothing. Only went in because I wanted a 2nd breakfast. It works
  12. I have always heard about it. Is it real? It makes sense not every doe can be bred when only a few bucks around. I saw an 8 point during early bow season actually locked down with a doe that my dam neighbor got. I was lucky enough to get a 9 with a crossbow. Other then a 4 and a sike I haven't seen any bucks. Yes I know there's more out there. I have a definite 7 resident doe on my property but this weekend while watching the 7, 12 came out of no where without a buck chasing them that I could see. So I'm was thinking not everyone could have been bred. I'm going back out this weekend definitely to take a doe as I have a tag. But I'm wondering is one still in the area waiting for the 2nd rut. I got my 10 point the last day of rifle season 3 years ago. He was just walking through the woods at 10:30 in the morning. Was he looking for love or just passing through
  13. Nice buck. Curious was he following a doe, just walking by himself? Why I ask is on Thanksgiving morning I saw 3 doe and 20 minutes later a a 4 and sike walk right through and sniffed where they were laying down. Wondering if it was the 2nd rut or just chance
  14. If your too tired to remember to take bullet out of your gun or separate your ammo from the gun then I don't want you driving on the road with me or my family. Then you're not safe. Take a nap and stay off the road. Regroup go through your checklist etc. And be safe. What other unsafe practices do you do when your in the woods with a fully loaded gun. I was pulled over once and I hung out with DEC for an hour. I had a 10 point on my roof and I wanted everyone to see it. Sure they checked my paperwork and checked out the deer. They asked about my gun. I told the the gun is in the trunk and the ammo and mag in the glove compartment. They never checked. I always feel and tell most people if you didn't do anything wrong it shouldn't matter