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  1. Here’s the entry: Here’s the exit: Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. I'm not sure they would be a 100% replacement to the rock climbing harness option (I'm not sure if they are rated to handle a fall from a treestand), but you may want to consider one of the tree saddles that are currently on the market (aerohunter.us, tethrdnation.com, trophyline.com). I've used a saddle as a portable hunting option with my climbing sticks and platform as well as in my pre-hung treestands throughout this past hunting season. It has worked out well for me and is quite comfortable. Just another option to ponder.
  3. That hunter was me ... I couldn't believe it either.
  4. phade - which cell cameras are you using?
  5. Why not hunt it immediately? 1st time in is likely your best chance at getting a shot.
  6. I live in Pompey as well. Hunt 7J near Morrisville as well as an area in Region 8. It’s amazing the difference between properties - TONS of scrapes on the region 8 property and almost no buck sign at all on the 7J property. But that seems to the case every year. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. You will also want to check with local code enforcement officers regarding what structures require building permits. In the area where I own vacant land, any structure above 144 square feet requires a building permit, after which the property assessment is likely to go up commensurate with the amount specified on the permit. Note that I pay the same tax rate on my vacant property as my father pays on the property that he lives on in the same area. However, my assessment is much lower because it is just vacant land. I suspect this is standard practice across most of upstate NY, but I'm not 100% sure about that.
  8. I’ve taken several deer with the 6.8SPC - quite effective and put the deer down quick. All were within 100 yards though. The nice thing is that it uses the same bullets (not the same brass though) as a 270, making reloading options plentiful. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Great suggestion! I already have a Yakima cargo box that we use on the family vehicle for vacations, etc. It would be great to have cross bars installed so I can attach that cargo box when needed. I think that will only be on rare occasions, but I do hope to make some trips out west for DIY public land hunting in the future. Gear and supplies for a 2 week + trip for me and a buddy could take up quite a bit of space!
  10. Awesome, thank you! I think I may opt for the fold down sliding window for both cleaning purposes (fold down) and ventilation (slider) when needed.
  11. Can you elaborate on this a bit further? What don't you like about the rear hatch handle? Does your cap have the single handle or the dual handle option? Do you have a good feel for why sealing the rail beds to the cap is so difficult? I wonder if there are things that I can request up front to prevent this from being an issue.
  12. I don't have the option of taking a cap off the back of the suburban in the cases where I need that extra cargo space. Anyway, I appreciate the feedback but I already have the truck (it's not going anywhere for a while) and have determined that a cap would be very beneficial for my use case. I'm just curious about which accessories are / are not worth considering on a cap from those members that have experience with them.
  13. Exactly. 90+% of the time, anything I need to transport in the back of the truck will fit inside the cap. I have a trailer for hauling larger equipment and, in rare cases where I need to haul large items in the back of the truck, I'll suffer through uninstalling the cap and reinstalling after I'm done. Security for hunting equipment and other miscellaneous cargo while also providing more space that is readily accessible is my main motivation behind getting a cap.
  14. Good point! Fortunately I have a trailer that I use to tow around the ATV and other equipment when needed. I don’t think any of that stuff would fit in my short box anyway! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. I have a tri-fold aluminum tonneau cover by bakflip on my truck now and, while it has worked out well, I find myself wanting extra cargo space while still keeping that cargo out of the elements. If you don’t mind me asking, what didn’t you like about having a cap? Thank you! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  16. Excellent, thank you! I was actually thinking about getting the fold up "windoor" type windows on the sides of the cap for ease of access to the bed. Have you experienced any frustration with not being able to easily access the bed contents?
  17. I have been in the research stage of purchasing a cap for my truck (2016 F-150 SuperCrew with 5.5' bed) for quite some time and am finally in the position to make a purchase. For those of you who have caps on your trucks, I would love to hear your thoughts on things that you like about your cap, things that you dislike, options that you now wish you had purchased, options that you purchased but could do without, etc. I have narrowed my options down to offerings from A.R.E. and Leer because of local support (I live in the Syracuse area). The ARE caps seem to be very highly regarded and I'm leaning in that direction right now. Any input you may have is greatly appreciated!
  18. Another happy customer of future forest consulting. Corey did a great job with the logging project we completed a couple of years ago.
  19. What details can you share on the Gocam Ghost? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  20. Are those the only two new bows that you have shot? If so, I'd recommend you shoot as many as you can to see which bow fits you best. I know this is easier said than done, but most pro-shops carry multiple bow lines. If price is a concern, there are some very good mid-priced bows out there that perform just about as well as their more expensive flagship counterparts. Ultimately, archery and bowhunting is a very personal thing - what works for me may not work for you and vice-versa. Good luck with your search!
  21. I got mine from John Rybinski (sp?) in the Pompey area. You should be able to look him up on a Google search. He is involved with QDMA in some capacity.
  22. Looking for reputable, clean deer processors in the Jamesville, Pompey, or Fabius areas. Google searches and asking other hunters in the area hasn't turned up any good leads. Any good processors in southern Onondaga county?
  23. Where abouts in Steuben County? I paid just under $1200 per acre on a dead-end, abondoned seasonal road. The property has an old 7 acre field that is in early successional growth and the rest is a mixture of scrub pines and then some nice hardwoods. This is in north-eastern Steuben.