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  1. It can take on different appearances unfortunately. In the woods you often see it as a hairy vine growing up a tree. Those vines can choke out and kill a tree. Sometimes it grows low to the ground in patches or isolated plants. "Leaves of three, let it be" is not completely correct but will most likely keep you safe. It seems to like edges; damp soils. But I see it lots of places, even some lawns.
  2. There is more involved than ice thickness when it comes to ice integrity. New, black ice is a lot stronger than end of the season gray, candled ice. I have seen a foot of old ice that was not safe at all and that disappeared in a day. If new to the sport I suggest finding a local who can give advice, have basic safety gear (picks and a throw rope at minimum), a change of dry clothes back in the truck (driving home in your undergarments is embarassing) and use a spud. There are lots of videos online about how to correctly use a spud to check ice conditions. There is always some element of danger of course but it can be minimized.
  3. Those black phase squirrels seem to be much more common than 20 years ago. I see them pretty often here in Northern Oswego and Cayuga counties.
  4. That is a very cool looking deer!
  5. I never much liked hunting in the rain. I wear glasses, that is one issue. Bowhunting in a moderate to heavy rain makes tracking problematic. I would do it on opening day of gun season. These days I can pick my days as I can hunt near home after work. I do believe bucks are more likely to be on the move on dark, gray days before a storm.
  6. I was a grad student at Penn State and was allowed to hunt on one of their large farms. At the time they were conducting research on cost effective ways to keep deer out of large ag fields. The basic scenario was that the ag fields were in the valley and there was large, quite hilly forested land bordering the fields. Deer generally moves down to the fields in the evening and spent the daytime on the hills. The hills were quite steep and rocky. I talked with one of the researchers and I knew one of the farmers. As I recall very high fences were only somewhat effective. Some deer jumped, some got under in low spots, it appeared they did some digging! I do remember them saying that deer were unlikely to jump a fence if they could not see what was on the other side. There were tons of deer, this was before Gary Alt's deer management program was initiated. (At the time Mr Alt was in charge of the states' black bear management program, I went to a couple talks he gave.) They also had noise cannons, various scents, etc. The problem is nothing worked for very long, deer are very adaptable and it's hard to keep them out of corn and beans. On our small farm we had a horse pasture with electric tape. Sometimes the deer would get excited and run right through it. They could, and often did, just jump over it. It contained the horses fairly well.
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    The apple trees in norther Cayuga County are really loaded. Much better than last year.
  8. It is not meant to be sprayed directly on human skin, so I doubt it should be sprayed on your dog. Also, permethrin is highly toxic to cats.
  9. I recall that there was a study done in Pennsylvania, I think by the PGC, that said that black bears there take as many fawns as coyotes. I don't think we have anywhere near the bear numbers that Pennsylvania does but they are clearly expanding their range. I often hear and read that killing coyotes on the farm will have no impact on coyote numbers and could even somehow increase their numbers. My reply is that all I can say for sure is THAT coyote I shot won't be eating any more fawns or turkeys. Also, I can say that it is possible to change coyote behavior. Decades ago "the boss" (my GF) told me not to shoot the coyotes as they were beautiful. I agree they are and have their place. But then a coyote took her favorite cat. After that the rules changed. Coyotes no longer come close to the house during daytime and don't walk out in the open like they used to. There is still a lot of coyotes, they are just more cautious.
  10. Aside from her obvious archery skills she must have great vision and coordination, just amazing.
  11. We used to take two big bolts with a large nut, carefully wad a bunch of caps into the nut and gently screw the bolts in. Then we'd drop it on a hard surface, and step back. Definitely not a safe thing to do, like a lot of stupid things we did as kids.
  12. I believe there are states where suppressors are legal for hunting. Does it require some special federal permit? Anyway, I doubt it would have an impact on turkey poachers. The stories I heard years ago about turkey poaching did not involve firearms. Geez, poaching turkeys, who would do that anyways?
  13. This strikes me as extremely weird! Why would anyone do this and why different rules for state lands???
  14. Wow, very sorry to hear, sounds like a very fluke situation. Glad your house was saved, sounds like it was close. And most importantly nobody was hurt.
  15. Like they say, "Play stupid games,...".
  16. In my area there has always been a lot of coyotes. The agricultural situation and woods have not changed much. There is a new predator in my area, fischers. Turkey numbers are WAY down in my area (Northern Oswego and Cayuga Counties) compared to 30 years ago and yes, they sure don't like to talk as much.
  17. The python has a mongoose coiled up in the middle and I can't tell if it got away in the end. The group on top seemed to be trying to get that mongoose free. What a battle.
  18. I saw this happen decades ago (around 1980) in central Pa. The oak trees in areas around Penn State (for example, Nittany Mountain) were devoid of leaves for a couple of years. It seems like the moths move on and the woods recover. I remember that walking in the woods when the catepillars were feeding was disgusting, their poop made it sound like it was raining.
  19. I hope nobody is really going to take medical advice from anyone other than a medical professional. There are several tick borne diseases and some of them don't require the tick to be attached for a long period of time. As others have said, prevention is the best defense. Permethrin flat out works. Time to dig out my turkey hunting duds.
  20. I bet if there was a special season for single shot shotguns some manufacturer would quickly come up with a single shot, rifled barreled shotgun. Pretapped for a scope, of course.
  21. jperch

    Bear meat

    On a fishing trip to Quebec there was a bear hanging in camp when we arrived. We were given some to try and I recall that it was stringy as mentioned but tasted ok. I have only seen one bear in NY while deer hunting. I would not shoot one because I have heard too many stories about parasites. One of those stories came from a processor in Dansville who got infected from handling the carcass. He must have transferred something to his mouth by accident. We actually had a bear on the Oswego State campus a few years ago, it was dumpster diving. The wildlife has changed quite a bit in my lifetime.
  22. That is a nice one, congratulations to him! And they are yummy!
  23. Well, interesting. What would it be used for? Seems a tad heavy to be carrying around for upland hunting.
  24. I went hunting for a package of venison loin in my chest freezer earlier today and I bagged one! It was trying to hide beneath a bag of burger but I was not fooled. I might go out once for bunnies locally. I used to love hunting for them and partridge. At 68 jumping up and down on brushpiles is tough. I count it as a successful outing if I get a shot at one. They sure are tasty.
  25. I used to hunt sea ducks in Lake Ontario off Rochester from a small aluminum boat. It was amazing, hundreds of thousands of them. You could sometimes attract them by waving a boat cushion, we used plastic gallon jugs as decoys sometimes. They were feeding on crabs, like we would use for bass bait. They would be just stuffed with them. They must be able to dive to significant depths. I thought they were fair table fare, kinda beefy as I recall. I don't see those massive rafts of ducks these days. I suspect the zebra mussels have reduced the crawdad population. That is just my observation as a SCUBA diver.
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