Two Track

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About Two Track

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    Advanced NY Hunter

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    Orange county, NY
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    hiking, camping, nature, history, scouts, and hunting.

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    Orange County
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    16 ga. Browning A-5
    researching places to hunt in NY

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  1. Due to heavy rain and canceled vacation time so far - only had two days afield. Seen nothing and heard one. Now having to cancel all my vacation time - the person I am covering will be out for at least another month. So can't get to cousin's wedding out of state or class reunion out of state. guess that leaves two additional weekend days to hunt and no week days. Did I mention that having to cover for this person also removes Memorial Day from the hunting days list even though business is closed for the holiday? Lucky me. Hope everyone else is having a better and less stressful season.
  2. On Monday night they had lots of various Yeti coolers in stock - 10% off. Ammo shelves were very thin on stock. Was 10% off of the Hunting Stands and Blinds - their end-of-season sales were more than that. I may swing by there Saturday to see what dropped price wise after Turkey hunting. A turkey vest may make a bit easier than rummaging though several pockets (pants and jacket) to find that my slate strikers are still in the waist pack behind me, the pouch with my box call never made it onto my belt, or the face mask is still in the car. Once didn't have my license on me as I switched from a heavy warm coat to a lighter one as the season warmed up. Wife says do you really need one - well, I think I do.
  3. Finally got to Gander Mon. night. Wow 10% off hunting and shooting accessories (ammo, cleaner, cleaning pads, cases, calls, game cams, decoys, etc) Same deal on tents and cooking and most camping gear. I saw nothing 30% off - but I didn't get over to the boating and fishing area. No ammo left on the shelves for what shoot. Guns in-stock was way down - 30% of their firearms left and being bought out with just 10% discount is surprising. No single-shots or 22's left. A couple double barrels left at $2,400. So basically I saved on taxes for basic gun case. Doesn't seem much like liquidation discounts - I had better deals at radio shack; electronic parts (90% off) and UPS replacement batteries (60% off). Will have to stop by later/next week to see if the discounts increase on the other items i was looking at. I saw the same signs that they are looking for help to run the store that they are closing in Middletown. Guess the smart staff were like rats - fled the sinking ship.
  4. Great, another place less to pick up Savage .300 and 16 gauge ammo and licenses. Only finding 16 gauge slugs most places and no Savage .300 ammo. Getting low on 6's. Wally world by me sells fishing licenses (sometimes), the rest of the time if ask for hunting license, the person who is trained is not there or they claim the machine is broken and I had to make a trip to Gander Mountain on more than one occassion to get a license. My hours and schedule don't get me to the town clerks office or Davis Sporting Goods. Dick's doesn't have much selection of camping or hunting gear/clothing that Gander has. May have to plan occasional trips to Campmor in NJ for some stuff going forward. I need to replace a gun case, so I better hit Gander Mountain soon. Hard to carry with no carry-handles or shoulder-strap.
  5. Sorry for your loss. I know it hurts and I hope you had many years of time spent together afield. Remember what he taught you to pass along and remember all those good times together. I had 5 years hunting rabbits, going frogging, and crabbing with my grandfather. The last season he was around his health was to bad to go out. He never got to see my first deer or buck, let alone any grand-kids go off to college at the family Alma Mater, get married or any great-grandkids being born. He died Labor Day weekend when I was a junior in high school. Still miss him 30+ years later - during season, July 4th weekend and Thanksgiving when we spent the most time together. I have his daily-carry pocket knife, barn-coat style hunting jacket, hunting suspenders, and his deer rifle. They go afield with me at some point every season. My son has his folding buck knife that I used to learn how to sharpen a knife back in Cubscouts. They may not be valuable, but the are to me. I am sure it will be the same for you. Eventually it will hurt less. When you are out afield, you may still feel his hand on your back or his presence guiding your hunt. Let that comfort you and console you.
  6. Youth deer hunt started after my son aged out of that - Now he is away at college. Missed opportunities with that. So lost that partner for now. I would take my daughter out now for Turkey, but all she wants is Pheasant. She will be old enough for deer next season if i can get her interested in that. She can't use bow for deer, just not the strength for 35lb +. She is not a fan of bugs, so Spring Turkey season is not a good time for her. Youth Spring Turkey may have worked for her - but this year had a conflict, her girl scout troop had family camping. So of course there I was out-numbered camping with the girls. Youth weekend hunt to me seems a safer time to start them out: less hunters afield to be concerned about easier to keep re-enforcing safety without having to watch for the orange-army mob on a regular opening day less competition to get youth basic skill sets only have to watch/mind the youth's gun There is no temptation to take the first shot an allow the youth to do all the shooting, and its a good time to re-enforce everything for the start of a new season for those 2nd and 3rd years youth hunters.
  7. I have 3 public tracks that I visit. That one overlooking the lake when drive out of the parking area is one I have hit the most for turkey - less traffic there and one of the closest to the house. Just flabbergasted last year when the one bird flew straight at me at 12:15 when I was back in the car. When did they start wearing Timex's? There are a couple spots in Stewart I go to if I can get in there. Work has just gotten hectic.Vacation time is use it or lose it. I saved those days for turkey season now I have to find time to use by June 30th. Of course if they are still out due to surgery (PT/re-hab, more recovery time, etc.) I get to lose the vacation days. Hunting and camping are my biggest stress relievers. Enjoy it out there. We may cross paths at Stewart IF I do get out to turkey hunt.
  8. Good luck and be safe out there. Leave a bird or two for me to get on a weekend (hopefully). I am the lucky one to be the only other person in the office with specific training that can cover for someone who is out for hand-surgery. Had to cancel 4 scheduled days off to turkey hunt so far and may have to cancel the other 3 days pending their date return to work. With some other weekend obligations, Even yesterday I had to help my boss on an issue he had for over a week and he said nothing about until he was about to travel for work related business. Really, wait until Sunday on what was supposed to be on a 4 day-weekend for me to ask for help. I may be looking at tag soup without even putting on a pair of boots. Post some good stories and pics of your season so I can live vicariously through all of you turkey hunters out there if things keep going south on me here.
  9. I think i know the sound you are talking about. Heard that out turkey hunting in the spring. Made a few clucks and purs and heard nothing but an occasional leaf rustling sound, moved closer to the sound, moving down hill along a rock wall and then heard that sound. Never heard that before and froze behind a large tree. My thought was maybe a bear. Peered around saw nothing. After a minute I backed up to the spot I was sitting at 20 yards away and all was quite. 30 minutes later heard a sound that I thought was just a squirrel moving behind me and it was a bear, uphill looking my direction. I scared it off and it came back. Scared it off again with my voice and I was one paranoid guy walking fast out of the woods. It went the general direction I had to go to get out to the parking area. I jumped at every bird and squirrel movement all the way back to the car.
  10. Not sure why I keep hearing hearing take the guns out of rut. According to article, for the Southern zone gun season starts at the end of the rut. Bow hunters get the entire rut to hunt and yet complain that the problem is the gun hunters. You don't hear me saying take the bow season out of the rut, nor are most other hunters. I see nothing wrong with a 1 buck rule, even if it just short term to bring numbers up for the bucks. I grew up with a 2 deer max for the year, one being a buck. Archery and Muzzle-loader were included, not special tags for additional deer issued. Gun season was split in three 1 week seasons - early Nov (all deer), mid-Dec (does only), mid-Jan (all deer). For a few years there was an chance for a 2nd buck tag, but it had to be something like 10 points and a minimum spread of ___ for an additional fee. Herds increased since then and the rules have changed even more since I moved to NY. Like next year, my dad will be able hunt on Sundays for the first-time. Antler points do not indicate the age of the buck, except the spikes & forked horns being yearlings. Body size & neck size are better indicators of a mature buck than the rack it is sporting (which may be smaller from broken tines, genetics, environmental factors). AR's do not make complete sense. Reducing the number of bucks allowed to be shot does make better sense. Shoot the small 2-3 pointer or wait to see if a bigger deer shows up, no second chance in another season if you take the small buck. That leaves at least one of them to bred and grow instead of taking out two bucks. DEC managing reg's makes more sense than the legislature - all know how everything the legislature passes make sense (thumbhole stocks, adjustable stocks, muzzlebreaks being illegal for semi-auto shotguns and rifles for instance, features that make it easier to handle and control a firearm). Can't we all at least agree to keep the NY legislature out of this and keep it under the DEC?
  11. Don't go to Sterling Forest to sight in/pattern Firearms are between limited dates (by permit only) and no target shooting allowed there...period. Possibly can at Stewart if you can find a spot to set up, It is also used by hikers and mountain-bikers, so you have to be very careful where you set up. (There is a range there at Stewart but is Police only, and you know when it is in use very quickly). I know of another parcel in Orange County that it can be done at, but unless you know where it is exactly, it is easy to miss. It is currently snowed in and will be very muddy and rutty to get in there. Unless have an SUV/truck with decent clearance, I would not go there. Blue Mountain is probably your safest bet this time of year. Or call Davis Sporting Goods - Goshen location. There is a range there, just not sure about patterning at the range.
  12. May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, angels protect you, and heaven accept you! Happy St. Patrick's day from a Scotch-Irish, etc, mutt.
  13. Since your birthday is on St. Patrick's day, here is my wish to you: May the winds of fortune sail you, May you sail a gentle sea. May it always be the other guy who says, "this drink's on me."
  14. Chas0218, I know when crossbow season is currently, but there was a lot of push to keep it out of bow season when the DEC implemented it. A lot of bow hunters were highly suggesting to reduce gun season to add the crossbow season. Claiming crossbow hunters would ruin their season or have you forgotten that? This just after they increased the length of bow season. I get just over 3 weeks for a season, you get 7 weeks of archery-only before gun season and then another week after. I never said browtines do not count currently, but who knows how the state may write the legistation for AR's, that was an example of what could happen, We would have to wait years for it to be corrected and passed - DEC could correct in it within the year. Normal (non-rifled slug barrel) shotgun range is a little further than an good archer, rifles are an entire another story. Your set up to hunt makes all the difference in being at the right spot to shoot a deer, no matter what your implement of choice is. 5 yards out of range is 5 yards out of range not matter what you are using - that was my point. So AR's should be implemented evenly between Archery and Gun season, not one over the other. Which fish is legal size doesn't matter whether you use a baitcaster, fly-rod, or spincaster to catch a trout, why should it matter whether you use a bow or gun for deer. Same game being sought, so why different rules on implement on which deer would be legal. This "me because I am a bow hunter", "need extra time because a bow hunter", "need to keep crossbows to a small section of my season",... stuff needs to stop. We all hunt. We want all fairness and not have our hunting rights taken away. We have to work as hunters together, not as bow hunter, or a gun hunter, ... By the way I work at least 5 days week and lucky if i get take off 3 days during deer season, The few days I do get to hunt (which is on highly used public land that has limited spot availability) I need to make the most of it. No, I don't shoot spotted or nursing deer. I know someone who shot a 65lb deer - 20 years later, we still raze him about it. If I am in desperate need, don't tell me what I can't shoot. We don't need Jane from LI, and Jack from NYC who never hunted, let alone handled a firearm or bow, write legislation and vote on it on things they know nothing about or care about. This AR stuff should be with the DEC where and when it needs to be amended, in a more timely fashion. Not years (or decades) if the state handles it.
  15. Allow bow hunters to take what they want? Gee, Bow hunters get to hunt first, have the longest exclusive season and then a 1 week late season, plus can continue to hunt with bow during regular gun season, and a lot have attitude about sharing another bow type (crossbow) in their season. If you modify a long bow or compound to hold the arrow for someone with disabilities, doesn't it look like a rotated crossbow? AR's should be for all seasons or none, not any exclusive hunting implement. Since I do not bow hunt due to a shoulder issue, what if I said AR's are great but only in bow season and must have 4 point each side, excluding brow tines? This would leave more deer options for me if i get to shoot anything. It doesn't matter what implement you hunt with, you have to be at the right place and time for what implement you are using. Ever year during gun season I have come up on other hunters in full camo (boots to full-hooded jacket and face paint) that also just gun(also in full camo - stock to barrel). I would never be able to see them in the brush 60 + yards away. So I have to hunt accordingly, no extreme shotgun distances. So a good bow hunter and I both have the similar shooting ranges. Once i take a shot, bang, deer is down or gone - Archer may have second chance. It there was a real deer over-population issue and they wanted to reduce doe numbers, it would be fair to say that your first deer has to be a doe, no matter what season you hunt. Not only bow hunters, or only muzzleloaders, just gun hunters. Just a flat rule across all hunting implements. If we jostle for regulations that favor only our own favorite implement or method, we are interfering with other hunters rights and privileges. If we do not support each other, where will this leave us in the end? If AR's are needed is one item, not for a particular implement, but for all. Then it is where should AR's be regulated - state legislature, a slow tedious process to change anything, or by the DEC which actually is in the field to make observations and can make adjustments easier. How many persons in the NY assembly would actually go out to see what the herds look like and other concerns involving wildlife. They have many other concerns in the state to consider. For the most part, it is just another item to look at on print out of a bill to vote on for the legislators.