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SilentStalker last won the day on October 31 2021

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  1. Saw him on 11/2/19, closed the deal on 11/3/19, does that count?
  2. After some successes early in my hunting career, I went 7 years and only shot one very small buck. This included some misses and errors on my part which cost me deer. I remember being frustrated during that time, but my kids were young and time afield was limited. I can never get that time back and would not change a thing. Even now, summers are spent on the softball circuit, camp time is non-exisitent. While I miss the freedom from before the kids came along, I get more joy from watchting them do what they love more than anything I could do for myself. To your original post, I have seen what some frustrated hunters can look like and I always promised myself not to be "that guy". Where it seems like life hangs in the balance with deer and inches on the ground. I hunt hard when I can and for me, the grind and sticking with it provides me with satisfaction, tags filled or not. I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by hunters (some serious, some not) who don't live and die based upon deer being killed. I think that has helped me through the highs and lows after 20 years of hunting. Good luck getting through this stretch!
  3. Saturday morning saw a flurry of activity for me in the Cap District. One small 4-6 at daylight, then around 8am I had a different buck chasing/harrassing does (never saw him). at 9am, had a nice 6 that i would have shot chase a doe into thick cover behind me. I didnt think they vacated the area so I hung tight. Had a doe and button work in behind me in the thick cover and ultimately right under the stand around 10:30am. They vacated and around 11:00am and I was going to call it quits to get to daugthers Softball game, but the doe came trotting back to about 35 yards. It was clear she was bumped back to me. Brought the bow back up, got arrow nocked, and turned around in stand, but when I looked back up I couldnt locate her. She was on the edge of a small CRP field and I scanned for a half hour to no avail. Back down goes the bow and i get all unhooked and as i start to climb down, that big 6 jumps out of that CRP and gets out of dodge. A little dejected as I would have definitely stayed, but kids come first and it was an awesome hunt! Shot a nice doe Monday (yesterday) at 9:30am on different property. Double lung at 30yds and "sick" daughter assisted with recovery. Defintely some bucks pushing does around at this property as well in the morning, they just never showed themselves. Good luck all, pushing my vacation back to next week or possibly the week before gun, but it appears things are happening! Good luck all!
  4. 9th grade for my oldest and 7th grade for my twins. Everyone is happy to be doing some school sports this fall. The twins are doing different sports which is wreaking havoc on my scheudule, but I'm happy they are not reliant upon one another.
  5. So my oldest was in 8th grade last year and she was taking regents Math and Earth Science. She struggled throughout the year in part due to effort issues as well as just not understanding the material. She passes the courses for the year, but just fails the ES regents. The district said they could "pass" her as though she passed and it wouldn't affect her regents status because she passed the course for the year. We made her take review classes all summer and she just passed the regents - 20 points higher. Needless to say, she was ulitmately happy she participatd in the review classes and "truly" passed. I can gurantee you, there will be no effort issues in the future, but i was kind of appalled the district responsed the way they did. She has been a high honor student all of middle school and at the first roadblock, they wanted to push her through, not a good precedent in my opinion.
  6. I think ensuring that you are tapping the bottom on the drift is imperative. I'd rather be having to re-tie often and be in the game then never be in the game at all by drifitng halfway down the water column. You can learn a lot by wathcing the guys who are consistenly hooking up. I too prefer a lighter line as WWJD stated - like 10lb P-line or Maxima. But there are guys on here that are way more legit than myself, that's just what works for me.
  7. Rob covered it pretty darn well. I am in a club up off Partridgeville Rd. Like Rob said, few deer and that time of year is tough if the foliage is still hanging on, which it will be with the Beech... I have never bow hunted up there, but finding the food at that time has led me to a few ML kills in that early season. I would imagine you would have most of the woods to yourself (hunter-wise) as ML season starts the 15th I believe this year. We uually fish for a bit, hunt for a bit etc., on Otter and the Independence, especially on the warm days. Good luck!
  8. As an Oswego alum, you have to try Oswego Sub Shop - Specifically the Texas Hot Cheeseburger sub
  9. Bow only zones... Having hunted the finger lake region as a yongster, to the ADK's for almost 20 years and now more recently a bow only zone, i have found that there are many 4.5 harvested that no one ever hears about. Very good bucks too that would easily mnake the books... I have unfortunately lost the bow access, but I know those that still hunt the area are extremely secretive/selective about what they harvest and see year to year. My time in stand and trail cameras confirmed they are out there in all areas of the state, but the bow only zones allow for more 4.5+ deer for obvious reasons... And I also found that midday movement for mature bucks during the rut is a very real thing as they move from bedding area to bedding area in their search for the next one..
  10. My buddy has a spot up there, I heard its quite the place, enjoy!
  11. Sorry, I meant what team affiliation?
  12. Oh nice, my girls are 12u and 14u. Which program if you dont mind me asking?
  13. What age group is your daughter in?
  14. This Saturday, daugther's team will be in LI for the state-semi's against Vestal (section IV). The other semi is Mepham (Section VIII) VS Webster Shroeder (Section V)
  15. I know i'm on the opposite end but posted a while back so I figured I'd give the update to keep us all motivated. 6 months working out tomorrow! I am trying to gain and started at 145-150. Up to 165 eating clean. Been stuck there for a while, its been hard to go from one meal a day for the last decade to 4-6. Contemplating trying a gainer, but dont know enough about them. KEEP GOING!!!!
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