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  1. Yesterday afternoon, I read an article that discussed a partnership between bow hunters and the twin cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. The cities were looking at ways to reduce the deer herd in their metro area. The reasons for the desired reductions are familiar: damage to vehicles, damage to horticulture on both residential and public grounds, and general nuisances associated with unchecked, large, and some might say bold, deer populations in urban and suburban areas. Enter the Metro Bowhunters Resource Base (MBRB), ta-da! The MBRB organizes and administers bow hunts in in the Twin City metro area in locations that are, well, sensitive to hunting, and in use by the general public. From the MBRB about page: The MBRB also administers its own skill-based proficiency test that plays a part in the type of hunt an applicant may engage in: standard and sharpshooter. I imagine that proficiency determines the area an individual hunter would be allowed to apply to hunt. From the article that I read, the MBRB also acts as a resource to place deer-disgruntled landowners in contact with available bow hunters. I'm unsure of how that selection is handled. Perhaps a lottery of their "sharpshooter" applicants. Has anyone attempted to organize bow hunters in their "metro" area in a fashion similar to the MBRB in MN? That is, have you or any bow hunting groups or organizations that you are part of, or know of approached a municipality to present and propose a structured, organized metro bow hunt within municipal/county/metro boundaries, specifically at parks, golf courses, etc.? If so, would you share the response you received from the municipality? Would you also share the proposal? I'm very interested in fleshing out this idea and perhaps making a pitch in the Albany / Troy / Schenectady areas. This is a low-cost (perhaps revenue generating), low-impact alternative to sharp-shooters, trapping, birth control, etc, and I think that an organized front with a structured and detailed plan delivered by experienced and conscientious bow hunters would be the best approach, oppositions notwithstanding. Thoughts? Experiences? Suggestions? Your thoughtful and constructive contributions are appreciated. Thanks very much... -- Link to the MBRB about page: Link to the MBRB page on how to engage the MBRB:
  2. Are you looking for a hunting lease? Somewhere you and your group can 'call your own'? Cotton-Hanlon is going to be publishing the list of available hunting leases on March 1, 2016 at 7:30 AM. We will have leases ranging in size from 20 acres to over 600 acres. Check out our website!hunting-leases/c16gkto see the complete list and details on March 1st. Make sure to check first thing in the morning as they go fast. Bob
  3. Here's the link with the content below: Agency Will Encourage Hunters to Voluntarily Pass Up Young Bucks A multi-year study to guide buck management in New York State found deer hunters prefer to harvest older bucks and that further expanding mandatory antler restrictions is not warranted at this time, Department of Environmental Conservation Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. Instead, the state will encourage hunters to voluntarily pass up shots at younger bucks as a management method to best serve the interests of deer hunters across the state. "Through this study, DEC engaged with the hunting community to determine the best deer herd management practices to benefit both the deer population and our state's wildlife enthusiasts," Acting Commissioner Seggos said. "DEC staff concluded that promoting voluntary restraint was appropriate given the high level of hunter support for increased availability of older bucks. Using a sound scientific approach to wildlife management is an essential strategy to expand hunting opportunities and growing the hunting economy in New York." DEC and the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Cornell University conducted the study in response to long-standing interests expressed by many hunters for DEC to adopt regulations to reduce the take of yearling bucks (male deer younger than 1.5 years old) to increase the number of older bucks in the population. Moving forward, DEC intends to work with several leading sportsmen groups across the state to educate hunters on their important role in deer management, the impacts of their harvest choices, and the likely changes in the deer population as more and more hunters voluntarily refrain from taking young bucks. The study included a statewide survey of 7,000 deer hunters conducted in fall 2013 by the Human Dimensions Research Unit at Cornell University, a nationally recognized leader in surveys to assess public opinions and attitudes on wildlife-related issues. DEC considered six alternatives to increase the proportion of older bucks in the population, including mandatory antler restrictions during all or portions of the archery and firearms seasons, shorter firearms seasons, a one-buck per hunter per year rule, promoting voluntary restraint by hunters, and a no change option. DEC analyzed these alternatives for each of the state's seven distinct buck management zones. The decision process weighted hunter values 3:1 over potential impacts on population management and costs, but the survey found that hunter values did not strongly lean in any one particular direction. "The issue of antler restrictions has divided our deer hunting community for too many years and I am pleased to see that the DEC used a very structured, non-biased decision-making process to determine the outcome," said Larry Becker, Chairman of the New York Sportsmen's Advisory Council. "It is most important that everyone understands that DEC has listened to what the majority of the deer hunters in the State want and that this was the primary factor that drove the final decision. The hunters spoke and DEC listened." DEC plans to work with sportsmen and women and other stakeholder groups, including the New York State Conservation Council (NYSCC) and Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), in the coming year to develop a cooperative, educational effort to encourage hunters to pass up shots at young bucks. It is clear that hunters' choices can and do affect the age and size of bucks in our deer herd, and when hunters choose to pass young bucks, it can make a difference for other hunters as well. "The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is pleased New York has engaged its deer hunters at such a high level to learn their values and desires," said Kip Adams, QDMA Director of Education & Outreach. "We feel this is a positive step for the DEC and for hunters, and we are extremely supportive of the Department's proposed educational campaign on the benefits of protecting yearling bucks." "The New York State Conservation Council would like to applaud the hard work of both the DEC Deer Team and Cornell University, as well as the hunting community that participated in this important work," said Rich Davenport, NYSCC Big Game Committee Co-Chairman. "We look forward to assisting the DEC and other sportsmen groups with educating the hunters of today and tomorrow on the benefits of voluntary harvest restraint and the importance of the management role hunters of New York play. It's a critical component to ensure we have healthy deer herds well into the future." Detailed technical reports on the analysis of alternatives and results of the hunter survey are both available on the DEC website, along with more succinct summaries of the work that was done. DEC plans to hold public information meetings later this spring and summer to discuss these results and get hunter feedback on ways to encourage others to pass up shots at young, small-antlered bucks. The meetings will also provide an opportunity for hunters and others to provide input on other aspects of DEC's deer management plan, which will be updated in the coming year. The current (2012-2016) statewide deer plan is also available on the DEC website.
  4. With 2 harsh winters, last winter was extreme, it is understandable that the deer harvest numbers are down. Combine that with a large mast crop dropping of acorns and beechnuts can and will cause deer to conserve energy in anticipation of the same event happening this year. (Harsh winter.) Simply put they are moving less to conserve energy and trying to fatten up as much as possible thinking this winter will mirror the last ones. Overthinking it maybe but if your survival depended on it I bet you would do the same if you where in their shoes and just made it through last winter. Simply put after breeding season was over the deer movement dropped big time and storing fat for the winter and conserving energy became priority number one. If you did not hunt before late November chances are you had a bad season. Many other factors in the equation but I feel the deer sense another harsh winter and storing fat reserve and conserving energy for the worst of times takes priority for them to survive. If the mast crop drop wasn't so large I believe we would have seen better movement. Warm day temps did not help daytime movement either. The real question is this. Do deer that experience harsh winters expect that as the norm and prep for it accordingly? For me the answer is apparently Yes. I would love to blame other hunters for taking to many deer, low participation, DEC, harsh winter kill, slob hunters, tree stand hunters, stalkers, mast crop and excessive food and even low hunter participation and lack of access to safe zones but simply put after the breeding season was over deer movement shut down during the day and the only thing that makes sense to me is the deer are prepping for another harsh winter and recovering from the rut. If you had a good year it was probably because you hunted before the rut completed in late November. If you disagree please explain why so many hunters saw so little movement during late November/ opening day southern zone. What is your explanation for the low movement/sightings and deer harvest that seems to persist. The data I am hearing is pretty overwhelming. If my theory is correct we should see the bow/early hunter season harvest the same as last year and the year before but gun and late season hunters would have a much lower harvest than previous years. Not sure if the DEC post the dates of harvest data but it would be interesting to see if this theory holds water.
  5. The DEC today announced the availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment for Deer Damage Management in New York. The Public can comment on the draft by close-of-business January 15, 2016. Here is a link to the draft document: Comments can be mailed to: USDA APHIS Wildlife Services 1930 Route 9 Castleton, NY 12033-9653 Comments can be entered online here:!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0093
  6. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that approximately 35,000 Deer Management Permits (DMPs) will be issued to hunters who were previously denied permits during the initial application period earlier this fall. Leftover DMPs will also be available in several Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) beginning November 1, 2013. Deer Management Permits, which allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer, are issued for specific WMUs to control deer populations. In order to provide DMPs at point-of-sale locations DEC must anticipate the number of applicants in each WMU and assign a probability to each unit in order to issue the appropriate number of permits. This year, DEC received fewer permit applications than projected in many WMUs. To issue the remaining DMPs under Governor Cuomo's New York Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative, DEC randomly selects applicants who were previously denied permits in these affected units during the initial application period. DEC completed the selection last week and has begun mailing permits to selected applicants. The NY Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative is an effort to improve recreational activities for in-state and out-of-state sportsmen and sportswomen and to boost tourism opportunities throughout the state. This initiative includes the streamlining of hunting and fishing licensing and reducing license fees, improved access for fishing at various sites across the state, and increasing hunting opportunities in various regions. In addition to those who were previously denied permits, applicants from the following WMUs may receive DMPs (the approximate number of permits to be mailed is in parenthesis). For WMU locations, refer the 2013-14 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide or visit DEC’s website at · Hudson Valley Region: 3C (400), 3F (900), 3G (640), 3H (500), 3J (360), 3K (120), 3N (660), 3P (400) · Capital Region: 4B (60), 4C (190), 4F (970), 4G (540), 4H (310), 4K (200), 4O (310), 4P (670), 4R (70), 4T (820), 4U (70), 4W (200), 4Y (700), 4Z (120) · Adirondack Region: 5R (230), 5S (480), 5T (50) · Western Adirondacks/Eastern Lake Ontario Region: 6C (60), 6K (780), 6P (710), 6R (550), 6S (340) · Central New York Region: 7A (530), 7J (1300; all denied applicants), 7M (1890), 7P (470), 7R (3240), 7S (560) · Western Finger Lakes Region: 8M (370), 8P (540), 8S (470), 8T (600), 8W (560), 8X (1570) · Western New York Region: 9H (3500), 9J (1300), 9K (640), 9M (1360), 9N (1550; all denied applicants), 9P (570), 9T (230), 9W (1110), 9X (220), 9Y (240) Hunters not selected for a DMP will not receive a mailing from DEC. Selection for one of these permits will not affect any preference points issued to hunters who were not selected for their first choice area during the original application period. Additionally, in some WMUs, all applicants received permits during the initial application process or correction process, however, the DMP target was still not reached. In these units, DEC will reopen the DMP application process on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters may apply for leftover DMPs at any DEC license sales outlet beginning Nov. 1, 2013. Leftover DMPs will not be available by phone, by mail or via the internet. Applicants who previously paid the $10.00 DMP application fee or those that are exempt from the application fee will not be charged for this additional application. Applications for leftover DMPs will be accepted for the following WMUs: 1C, 3M, 3R, 3S (bowhunting-only), 7F, 7H, 7J, 8A, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8N, 8R, 9A, and 9F. During this extended application period, DEC will issue DMPs for an individual WMU all day. The status of permits will be reviewed each night. As individual units are filled, they will be removed from the list of those available effective the following day, with no further applications accepted for those units. A list of units with available leftover DMPs will be routinely updated at
  7. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) adopted new regulations to address deer populations in portions of the state with too many or too few deer, DEC Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman announced today. Additionally, DEC adopted several modifications to its Deer Management Assistance Program designed to ease the application process for landowners while providing greater flexibility for DEC to administer the program. “Deer are a keystone game species in New York, and responsible management requires periodic adjustment of hunting rules to ensure that deer populations are compatible with local socio-economic interests as well as maintaining a balanced ecosystem,” Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman said. “DEC considered all public input in developing these regulations, and took into consideration the numerous negative impacts associated with deer overpopulation, including impairments to forest habitat regeneration, increased deer-vehicle collisions and increased incidences of tick-borne diseases.” To achieve the desired deer population levels, the allowable harvest of antlerless deer is being increased in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 1C, 3M, 3S, 4J, 8A, 8C, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8N, 9A, and 9F. These units include all or portions of Suffolk, Orange, Ulster, Sullivan, Westchester, Albany, Niagara, Erie, Wyoming, Orleans, Genesee, Monroe, Livingston, Steuben, Wayne, Ontario, Yates, Seneca and Cayuga counties. In these WMUs, overabundant deer populations are negatively impacting forest regeneration, creating excessive agricultural damage, causing increased deer-vehicle collisions, and increasing damage to landscape plantings. In several of these areas, tick-borne diseases are of greater concern and high deer populations have been linked to increases in ticks and associated tick-borne diseases. There is an urgent need to address over-population of deer in these areas. Management objectives are not being met in these units despite having a surplus of antlerless deer tags available for hunters. In making the first 15 days of the early bow season and all of the late bow and muzzleloader seasons valid for antlerless deer only in these units, DEC is asking hunters for greater cooperation in meeting the management needs by focusing their hunting effort on antlerless deer during these periods. Throughout most of New York State, deer population levels can be managed with hunters using deer management permits. However, in these 10 management areas, the effectiveness of the deer management program has been reduced because the number of permits available in these areas exceeds the hunter demand for these permits and management objectives are not being met. In contrast, the harvest of antlerless deer is being curtailed in WMU 6A to achieve the desired deer population in that unit. WMU 6A includes portions of Jefferson, St. Lawrence, and Franklin counties. In this unit, DEC has not issued Deer Management Permits for antlerless deer since 2011, and the antlerless harvest has only occurred during the early and late bow and muzzleloader seasons. With the adoption of these new rules, hunters will not be allowed to take any antlerless deer during the early muzzleloader season in this unit until the deer population rebounds. In recent years, about half of the antlerless harvest in this unit has occurred during the early muzzleloader season. DEC has revised its hunting season maps at to reflect these changes in antlerless harvest rules. Deer Management Assistance Program Refined The Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) enables DEC biologists to help landowners and resource managers implement property-specific deer management on their lands. Adopted modifications will improve the program for applicants and DEC. DMAP application changes The application deadline will be changed from September 1 to August 1, beginning in 2016. DMAP permit durations will be extended from one year to three years, while retaining annual reporting requirements for permittees and hunters. DMAP use changes DMAP permits will now be allowed to be used during the September portion of the early bow season in the Northern Zone and hunters will now be allowed to use up to four DMAP tags per permit where needed. The full list of changes to the DMAP rules, including application forms, can be found at: Click here to view the article
  8. Hello All, We are looking to interview two hunters for and episode of the podcast The Adventures of Memento Mori that explores the topic of death. The tone and purpose of the show is to normalize the conversation, to address the fear, to recognize that it happens to us all, to share stories and hopefully become a tad more enlightened while having a bit of fun along the way. In this episode we explore the relationship (or lack there of) between eating meat and recognizing that an animal was killed to get it. Also interviewed in this episode is a hipster taxidermist, a farm to table chef, an ethical slaughter organization and hopefully: 1) a hunter who hunts exclusively for the purpose of food. 2) a hunter who hunts primarily for sport. This can be a heated conversation, but one worth having. And one worth hearing all sides. We have no set agenda and gladly welcome all opinions. About me: I was born in Idaho. My family is made up of hunters and I grew up with it. My Dad was actually a butcher and although he didn't really hunt deer he would always be dragged along to dress the animal in field. I fish but don't hunt. I spent five years in the USMC. I don't believe in hunting for sport. I would, however, only eat meat from an animal that I took. If you're up for good conversation and would like to be a guest on the show we'd love to hear from you. We are looking to record in the next week and it would be even icing on the cake if I could accompany you on a hunt. Interested? Please send an email to DS Moss at Write "Hunter" in the subject line and include a couple sentences about yourself and if you are either 1) a hunter who hunts exclusively for the purpose of food. or 2) a hunter who hunts primarily for sport. Best, DS
  9. johnny62


    Does anyone hunt deer in Bashakill? Looking for confirm there are no special permits needed and that you can use a rifle. Any tips/info would be appreciated. Thanks
  10. my daughter sent me this on facebook the way my season's going it'll taste better than tag soup i thought it was a cool cake
  11. I am looking for a 9w dmp tag. I don't have any dmp tags right now but I am willing to get 2 tags from one of the regions with leftovers and swap. Please let me know if you want to swap or have one that you don't think you'll use.
  12. Hello all, newbie bowhunter this year. One question, how do you deal with seeing so many deer during bow season but not be able to shoot them from 20 yards when still hunting because they see your every move. Even when trying to draw and lift bow slowly they seem to catch me every time, keep getting caught with my pants down.
  13. Started a new topic for this year for those who want to share some photos... You can either post them here, or start a fresh topic for your own photos.
  14. Anyone hunt state lands in 8X? Seems to be only two...How is hunting in canacadea state forest?
  15. DEC ANNOUNCES SPORTING LICENSE SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS 2015-16 Licenses to Go on Sale August 10 Deer Management Assistance Program Streamlined Improvements to the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s sporting license-issuance and game harvest reporting system are in place in time for this year’s hunting season, DEC Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman announced today. In addition, DEC changed the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) to streamline the program and expand opportunities for landowners needing deer management assistance. “DEC talked to the sporting community and license-issuing agents, and made significant improvements to the licensing system based on their feedback,” Acting Commissioner Gerstman said. “These improvements streamline the process to buy sporting licenses. We look forward to welcoming sportsmen and sportswomen to the vast array of opportunities New York offers to go afield in the upcoming hunting and trapping seasons.” Enhanced Sporting License Automated System DEC and the New York State Office of Information Technology Services worked with contractors to make DEC’s sporting license-issuance and game harvest system more user friendly and faster to enhance service to New York’s hunters, anglers and trappers. Two new user interfaces make selling licenses by license-issuing agents and purchases by online customers easier and more intuitive. In developing the system improvements, DEC met with license-issuing agents and online customers to gather their suggestions. The resulting new user interfaces offer several new features including allowing license-issuing agents and online purchasers the ability to: readily access more information such as the current licenses, privileges, permits and tags held, as well as the most recent Wildlife Management Units where the hunter successfully applied for deer management permits; easily update personal information, such as current address, to help ensure DEC’s information is up-to-date and the license is valid; move through fewer screens; sell multiple short-term fishing licenses; streamline game harvest reporting process; and report multiple harvests in one session. “The New York State Conservation Council commends Governor Cuomo and DEC for prioritizing the most recent improvements to the licensing system,” said Council President A. Charles Parker. “Sportsmen, sportswomen and licensing-issuing agents can look forward to swifter, customer-friendly transactions going forward.”Lance Robson, Chairman, NYS Fish and Wildlife Management Board said, “The members of the Fish and Wildlife Management Board thank DEC for their tireless efforts to fully realize the potential of the E-Licensing system. We welcome the Department's recent improvements to the system and anticipate that they will benefit both individual members of the sporting public and our license selling partners." License-issuing agents have provided positive feedback on the new interface and DEC expects the new system will perform well for the purchase of new-year hunting licenses, permits, and privileges. There are approximately 1,300 license-issuing agents across New York located at many retail stores and municipalities who provide an important service to DEC and New York hunters, anglers and trappers. DEC has worked to ensure they have a system that affords them the ability to provide quality customer service. The online user interface also provides for an easier, more intuitive experience in the legally required reporting of harvested deer, bear and turkey—information that is used in managing DEC’s wildlife resources. The 2015-16 hunting and trapping licenses go on sale on August 10 and are valid beginning September 1, 2015. Licenses and permits can be purchased at one of DEC's license-issuing agents around the state, as well as by telephone and online: License-issuing agents list can be found at: Online License Center: Call center number: 1 (866) 933-2257 License buyers should have the following items ready when applying: complete name and address information; customer ID number if they have it; proof of residency information (driver's license number or non-driver's ID number with a valid NYS address to qualify for a resident license); and, if purchasing by phone or internet, a credit card and card expiration date. Hunting license purchases require individuals to provide proof of a hunting education certification or a copy of a previous license, if this information is not already contained in their license system file. Approximately 1.2 million people purchase hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses each year, and sporting license sales generate approximately $42 million annually in revenue used to manage New York’s fish and wildlife resources and their habitats, as well as to improve access to those resources. Deer Management Assistance Program Changes to Increase Efficiency DEC also made several modifications to the Deer Management and Assistance Program to increase its efficiency and effectiveness. These changes include: expanding opportunities for landowners where abundant deer are preventing forest regeneration; increasing the number of deer an individual hunter can shoot under a single DMAP permit from two to four; clarifying that hunters may participate under multiple DMAPs; and reducing the paperwork landowners need to participate in the program. Turkey Hunting Season ModificationsNewly adopted regulations shorten the fall turkey hunting seasons in New York State due to a declining turkey population across the state. The new fall seasons are two weeks long with a statewide season bag limit of one bird of either sex. Season dates vary regionally with the season in the Northern Zone running October 1-14, the Southern Zone running October 17-30, and Suffolk County (Long Island) running November 21-December 4. Further details are found on DEC’s website at Declining wild turkey populations across the state make it necessary to shorten the hunting seasons so that DEC can responsibly manage New York's wild turkey populations to ensure that future generations of hunters have the opportunity to go afield. DEC received approximately 120 comments on this regulatory proposal. Almost all of the comments expressed concern over the decline in wild turkey populations over the past 15 years, and many were supportive of DEC's efforts to modify the fall hunting season to accommodate changing turkey populations and environmental conditions. These improvements to the licensing system and regulatory changes align with Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative aimed at improving recreational opportunities for sportsmen and sportswomen and to boost tourism activities throughout the state. This includes streamlining fishing and hunting licenses, reducing license fees, improving access for fishing and increasing hunting opportunities in New York State. In support of this initiative, $10 million in NY Works funding has been dedicated to fish hatchery repairs and 50 new land and water access projects such as boat launches, hunting blinds, trails and parking areas. Under the initiative, the 2015-16 Enacted Budget adds an additional $8 million for state land access projects and an additional $4 million for the state’s hatcheries in NY Works funding. The Budget also creates a new capital account which along with federal Pittman-Robertson funds will be used to manage, protect and restore fish and wildlife habitat, and to improve and develop public access for fish and wildlife-related recreation. The Enacted Budget for 2015-16 raises the Environmental Protection Fund to $177 million, an increase of 32 percent since Governor Cuomo took office. The $15 million EPF increase this year will support 14 categories, including land conservation, stewardship, and invasive species control and prevention. The increase includes a new sub-allocation for capacity grants to State Parks friends’ groups. This post has been promoted to an article
  16. I have a few people in Huntington who have spotted a deer, most recently by the starbucks on 110. With all the construction going on by the Northern state I am not surprised... I have heard of deer in Northport, yet that is not that far from Eatons neck which is filled with monster deer... I am pretty sure this deer came from Bethpage State park. I am not sure about shooting in a tournament this weekend due to rain so If I do not do the tourney I will try and find tracks or some other sign. Never though I would be tracking deer in my home town as they have not been around for 30+ years... Hopefully pics to follow... Just like tracking in the ADK some times you only have one set to follow...
  17. We are only a few days away from the 2014 Regular Gun Season for the Southern Zone (November 15th), the Northern Zone kicked off their Season already on Oct. 25th. We want to wish everyone a safe and successful hunting season! Please make sure you keep us updated with reports of your hunts successful or not. We wanted to point out a few important threads on the forums to check out. There are a ton of new threads to read over in the Bow Hunting section and some beautiful 2014 bucks taken already. Check them out there: Check out the the 2014 "Live From the Stand / Woods" thread is up and ready for posting live action and photos from the woods. -> As always there are some amazing trail camera photos up, some real nice deer have been posted over the last few days -> Also a good read for those who are following the Rut, -> Rut Report Thread If you are a Facebook user, please give us a "Like" our Facebook page here: and help spread the word. The site has grown leaps and bounds since started, there are over 338,870 posts as of today! Please remember to tell friends and family about the site, you can even forward them this email / link. If you have a hunting related business (ex. hunting store / archery shop), hunting club or organization, or a hunting related website you want to share with members we have opened up a link sharing system here: Just select the category and click "Add Link" on the right side of the page. Thank you and be safe! This post has been promoted to an article
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  19. Fortress Hunting Blinds, Luxury Blinds for the Serious Hunter. Fortress Hunting Blinds are handmade quality blinds built to fit your needs. Our blinds can be constructed out of either ply wood or the rustic looking barn wood you see in the picture(depending on if we have barn wood in stock). They can be ground blinds or hoisted in the air and used as a tower stand. They are a must have for gun and bow hunters alike. Carpet is installed to reduce the sound as you rotate to squeeze the trigger on that buck of a lifetime or big tom turkey. On those windy, cold, or rainy days when all other hunters are forced out of the woods, you will be out of the elements and enjoying the hunt in your Fortress Hunting Blind! And remember they are custom blinds, So if you have an idea or want something special on your Fortress Blind we will do our best to make it happen! If interested feel free to call or text us for more information at (315)-759-0504 or email us at We'd love to build you your new favorite spot in the woods or answer any questions you may have!
  20. If you are looking for a hunting lease you are in luck. Cotton-Hanlon will be posting our list of available woodlots on March 2, 2015 (next Monday) at 7:30 AM. It's first come first served so make sure to check out our website that morning. Looks like we are going to have two to three dozen woodlots open for lease on the list this year. All of the parcels will be in NY in the following counties: Chemung, Cortland, Oswego, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to shoot me an email. Bob Chief Forester Cotton-Hanlon, Inc
  21. Well the extension of bow hunting on LI into January is done. I think I am finally warming up from yesterdays hunt, WOW was that cold! I can't say I hit the woods very hard because most of my hunting grounds where shotgun only in January and a couple of colds kicked my but. I was able to get 2 more days in a spot with a 160+ class buck roaming the area but never got a shot at him. I jumped 3 deer heading in yesterday and had one doe at 15 yards two weeks before but was not able to get a ethical shot off as she was on the move and caught me by surprise before I was set up. I am thankful for a fun season and that it is finally over! This season kicked my but!!! That guy Murphy and his laws showed his face a few times too many. I hunted Otis Pike most of the bow season because it has very few deer in it like up North in the ADK. Rocky point the few times I hunted it showed a vast difference in population vs Otis Pike and I think I will hunt that area more next year as it seems to need population control. The private land I hunted was great with many sightings, wish I could hunt that area more but I am only a guest. Hope everyone had a great season! Personally I am happy its over as I burned the candle on both ends. Almost makes me want to jump on the (Shorten the season.) bandwagon but I enjoy being out too much for that. Ok time to go shoot the bow, then get ready for another snow storm.
  22. Doing a little research for a family member - trying to reach out to some local hunters. In the past we have picked up deer from the Southold Town deer truck but the timing just hasn't worked out this year. Got one from them earlier in the season and haven't had anything the times we were able to get there recently. Anyones freezer full but still out hunting? Looking to pick up one (possibly more but don't want to be greedy) and the friends that usually supply us have not been out this season. Or anyone know of anything similar to the Southold truck where residents can pick up donated deer? Any help is greatly appreciated. I am out in Southold Town, rest of the family is in Brookhaven
  23. Its that time again! This is our fifth year for doing this thread and its always a lot of fun! Post in this thread using your smart phone (or other device you can get to the internet with) from your stand / woods with your thoughts, current conditions, pictures, sightings, etc. Don't forget, the site is Tapatalk enabled!
  24. Hello all! I need some help, so any help you guys could offer would be great. I hunt upstate near the Hunter/Cairo/Tannersville area where I have a nice log cabin with about 20 acres. The property is pretty hilly and the terrain is rough especially when there is snow on the ground but I still see plenty of wildlife. My neighbor is a complete di@k who on opening day for every season drives around on his ATV 20 minutes before dawn and continues to drive around throughout the day. Whether its with his ATV or with his truck he is constantly driving around while I am sitting in my blind or up in my treestand. He owns 300 acres surrounding my property but his constant presence is really driving the deer away during the day. I spend all summer setting up new shooting lanes, clearing out trails, putting up new blinds overlooking pines and bedding areas only to have this d@uche drive around during open season, sometimes with his dog. I think his constant presence is what is causing the nocturnal deer situation. Behind his property are 1000 acres of state land where I have walked up and have seen plenty of 8,10 and 12s during the off season. The only thing is none of them are coming down by me where all the does are. Now I have some huge does but I would like to shoot something bigger than a six. Any help? All the preparation, money spent on scent control, blinds, estrus, etc is useless unless I start seeing some bigger animals. This season was a total bust for deer, I was able to nab a nice 180lb sow black bear but the deer are only coming out at night, any way to turn their feeding habits around? Or am I just screwed because of my neighbor? Please help, only a few months until I will start clearing lanes again...
  25. Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today announced that deer hunting opportunities in Suffolk County are expanded in 2015 as a result of legislation signed into law in August by Governor Cuomo. The new law provides for an expansion of the archery and firearms deer hunting seasons and simplifies firearms deer hunting in Suffolk County. The expanded seasons are necessary to help increase recreational deer harvest to better manage increasing deer populations in Suffolk County. “Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative offers many hunting opportunities statewide for sportsmen and sportswomen for the growing population of deer,” said Commission Martens. “Throughout the state, hunters play an essential role by helping to maintain healthy and ecologically sound deer populations and this extension offers an additional opportunity for those hunters to get afield in Suffolk County.” The changes to the Suffolk County deer hunting seasons and permit requirements are summarized as follows: • Extends the regular (bowhunting) season for deer in Suffolk County through January 31; • Expands the special firearms season for deer in Suffolk County to run from the first Sunday in January (January 4) through January 31 including weekends. The 2015 firearms deer season in Suffolk County will begin Sunday, January 4and continue until January 31; • Clarifies the Town permit requirements, landowner permission requirements and legal implements for the special firearms season. The adopted regulations also include a provision waiving the Town Permit requirement in any town which by local law has waived the town permit requirement. However, this aspect will not take effect before next season (January 2016); • Increases permit quotas for each town to reflect current deer management needs and allow for additional access opportunities on state land. Hunters who wish to hunt on state-managed lands in Suffolk County will be able to take advantage of the expanded special firearms deer season as well the extended archery season. The following state managed properties will be open for shotgun deer hunting from January 4-January 31; Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area, Westhampton Dwarf Pine Plains Preserve, Henrys Hollow Pine Barrens State Forest, Barcelona Neck Cooperative Hunting Area, David Sarnoff Cooperative Hunting Area and the Otis Pike Preserve. The East Hampton Cooperative Area and Noyac (part of the Southampton Cooperative Areas) will be open for firearms deer hunting from January 5 – 31; weekdays only. Firearms deer hunting on all NYSDEC-managed lands during the January shotgun season requires daily permits. Get more information on hunting during the Special January Firearms Season on private lands . Hunters looking to archery hunt on state-managed lands during the extended season can hunt at Brookhaven State Park Cooperative Hunting Area, Calverton Pine Barrens State Forest, Carmen’s River Pine Barrens State Forest, East Bartlett Conservation Area, Ridge Conservation Area, Wildwood State Park Cooperative Hunting Area and NYSDEC tidal wetlands that are currently open to archery hunting. All hunters are required to have a DEC-Managed Lands Access Permit to hunt on these properties. For additional information please visit the LI Public Hunting Areas web page Stand-by hunting procedures for firearms deer hunting on state managed lands are as follows: At 8:00 AM each day, all parking spots that have not been filled will be given away to hunters via a drawing at the check station. There will be one drawing for all available parking areas on all properties. All hunters present for the drawing will be able to enter; a town permit is not required prior to entering the drawing. Second town permits can be issued to all hunters who are picked for a spot during the stand-by. The NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative is an effort to improve recreational opportunities for sportsmen and sportswomen and to boost tourism activities throughout the state. This initiative includes streamlining fishing and hunting licenses, reducing license fees, and improving access for fishing and increasing hunting opportunities in New York State. Under this initiative, this year’s budget included $6 million in NY Works funding to support creating 50 new land and water access projects to connect hunters, anglers, bird watchers and others who enjoy the outdoors to more than 380,000 acres of existing state and easement lands. In addition, the 2014-15 budget includes $4 million to repair the state's fish hatcheries; and renews and allows expanded use of crossbows for hunting in New York State. This year’s budget also reduces short-term fishing licenses fees; increases the number of authorized statewide free fishing days to eight from two; authorizes DEC to offer 10 days of promotional prices for hunting, fishing and trapping licenses; and authorizes free Adventure Plates for new lifetime license holders, discounted Adventure Plates for existing lifetime license holders and regular fee Adventure Plates for annual license holders. Click here to view the article