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About Spear

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  1. You said it. Very frustrating to deal with that, although those people seem to dwindle as the season goes on. That being said, I’ve had hikers, motorbikes and quads push deer my way many times. That’s the only “good” part if you will. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. You can go out on stand-by after 8am now without a reservation. Also, after 8am you can go to whichever spot you want - don’t have to go to the spot in the pass they give you. So, not really sure what the point of the reservation system is if I can just go wherever after a certain time. Can’t wrap my head around it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I have a little rant about the weekend/holiday reservation system on Long Island (1C). As someone who is able to hunt some weekdays, I now fully understand why I don’t hunt weekends. The reservation system makes no sense. I called last Saturday to make a big game hunting reservation for today - I was the 3rd big game caller. I was under the impression that I would arrive at the check station this AM, park in the numbered spot, and be able to be the 3rd big game hunter to pick a spot - I could not have been more wrong. Upon arriving at the check station there was about 20-30 trucks already parked and waiting (check station opens 45mins before sunrise for big game hunters; 15mins for small game; this is a whole other argument I’ll skip for now). My number 3 spot was taken. Then I look up at the check-in window and there’s already a line of hunters. So, I did not end up being the 3rd big game hunter to pick a spot. What’s the point of calling to secure a numbered spot if it’s just first come first serve in the AM? My suggestion is they change this to the same procedure as the early out used for non-reservation days. Call the day before, secure your spot you want, pick up the parking pass that night, and be able to drive straight to your spot in the morning. Would make like much easier for both hunters and the check station. Sorry, rant over. Thanks for reading! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I've been looking for a recipe for my venison shanks. Might just have to try this. Thanks for the recipe.
  5. Wow. I knew he was sick, but thought I heard he was getting better. Sometimes you never know when your number is called. Love watching Jeopardy - it will never be the same.
  6. Usually sound for me. If I catch them by sight first, they are far off or they came in silent and I just happened to wake up from my glorious nap or looked up from my phone.
  7. I believe you are correct about Brookhaven State Park..I would double check. If you are a Suffolk resident, you can get the Suffolk County Park pass and hunt county park land - there's no reservation system for county parks. Also, the spots in Otis that are south of the LIE you don't need to reserve. If you don't have a 4x4, it can get tough back there somtimes.
  8. Just be aware, reservations are now needed to hunt Rocky Point and Otis. See below from the DEC website. "From November 1 through December 31, all hunting on Rocky Point (except spot numbers 7A, 25 & 33A) and parts of Otis Pike (parking spot numbers 1 through 12, 14 and 15, 17 through 22, 36, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 48, 49, 50, 52, 53, 54, and 55) is by daily access permit only. Daily access permits can be obtained at the Ridge Hunter Check Station. Daily access permits are not issued to hunters after 2:30 p.m."
  9. Spear

    Rocky Point

    Although this is true, I believe you can only hunt on the same side of the road that you parked on. I have always been under the impression you can't park on one side and cross the road to hunt. Can anyone confirm?
  10. Finally got it done today in this crazy wind. First bow kill after 2 seasons of learning. 7ptr came in hot at about 20yrds. Let it fly and he ran about 40-50 yards. Slick trick left a nice trail to follow. Pumped is an understatement. Glad I finally get to contribute to the thread with a deer on the ground. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Had a solid 8 pt walk past me at about 30yrds. Drew back but couldn’t get a shot. It’s starting to snow. Love this weather, in all seriousness Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Got up the tree and set up later than I would’ve liked, but absolutely beautiful morning. Now just need Mr. Buck to walk into the sweet spot. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Woke up a little later than I wanted to, but finally got in the stand. Trying a different spot this AM. 9 mins till legal shooting. Let’s go! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Just had a good size spike bed down about 35 yards from my stand. A doe came walking by few minutes later, but no shot. Still got some time left. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. First sit of the year. Waiting for primetime to kick in Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk