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I mentioned this a while ago, I have a week long hunting trip planned for next month in the dacks.

 

I have been looking at maps all year, and doing the web scouting thing. It has shown me some areas of interest, and I have been trying hard to learn tree identification by the leaves during the green season, because that's mainly what most Arial maps offer. Topos give you elevation features, and show valleys and so on. But, to get a true sense of what's on the ground, I will be going in cold/blind more or less. The web is great for some things, but there's no "Street View" in the woods.

 

I cannot remember a hunt I have been looking forward to more then this trip, for a long time! It's going to be awesome if I take a deer or not. Hunting the morning and fishing the evening!

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Yea I know what you mean  The limited time  I spent hunting there only made me want to do much more up there,  deer or no deer I just like that feeling of endless wilderness that only the daks can give you around here . 

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26 minutes ago, DirtTime said:

I mentioned this a while ago, I have a week long hunting trip planned for next month in the dacks.

 

I have been looking at maps all year, and doing the web scouting thing. It has shown me some areas of interest, and I have been trying hard to learn tree identification by the leaves during the green season, because that's mainly what most Arial maps offer. Topos give you elevation features, and show valleys and so on. But, to get a true sense of what's on the ground, I will be going in cold/blind more or less. The web is great for some things, but there's no "Street View" in the woods.

 

I cannot remember a hunt I have been looking forward to more then this trip, for a long time! It's going to be awesome if I take a deer or not. Hunting the morning and fishing the evening!

Sounds cool. Where in the ADKS are you going?

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Love the adks hard to find deer there and you have to be extra carefull of your scent where you step the deer dont play around up there they run a mile away unlike the southern zone where they maybe go 100 yards

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1 hour ago, DirtTime said:

I mentioned this a while ago, I have a week long hunting trip planned for next month in the dacks.

 

I have been looking at maps all year, and doing the web scouting thing. It has shown me some areas of interest, and I have been trying hard to learn tree identification by the leaves during the green season, because that's mainly what most Arial maps offer. Topos give you elevation features, and show valleys and so on. But, to get a true sense of what's on the ground, I will be going in cold/blind more or less. The web is great for some things, but there's no "Street View" in the woods.

 

I cannot remember a hunt I have been looking forward to more then this trip, for a long time! It's going to be awesome if I take a deer or not. Hunting the morning and fishing the evening!

Are you going for the early ML season ?   What areas are you looking at ?    I will be up there (on the North-West corner of the Adirondack park) in October, for a couple days of crossbow and the first three days of the early ML season.   Does are legal then in zone 6C, but not across the road in zone 6F, so I will spend most of my time in 6C.   If I do manage to fill my "antlerless only" tag, I will cross over to 6F, because there are more bears on that side of the road.   

I have taken a few does up there at that time of year, but never had a good chance at a buck at that time.   They are a lot easier to find after the first good snow (I have killed a couple up there over the long Thanksgiving weekend).  This has been a much colder than average year so far though, so maybe we will see some snow up there in mid-October

It sounds like you will be near water.   If there is a distinct browse line, on the pines around the lake, then you will know you are in an area with a good deer population.    If there are green pine branches hanging down to the water, it would be best to move on to a different spot.   I also look forward to the fishing at that time of year, especially when it is a little warmer.  A few years ago, I caught my biggest smallmouth in a long time up there in mid October (on a bucktail jig).   A day or two later, I killed one of the does that was keeping the "snags" trimmed all around the lake shore for me. 

 I usually hunt the mornings and late afternoons and fish mid-day.   I can't think of any place on the face of the earth where I would rather be at that time.  Certainly there is no finer scenery anywhere else.  It is a toss-up, as to which is better up there - peak fall foliage and spectacular fishing, or first good snow-cover in the mountains and great buck hunting.             

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So you’re camping Rob? If you take a deer will you process and cook some? I’m looking forward to following this adventure


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2 hours ago, DirtTime said:

I mentioned this a while ago, I have a week long hunting trip planned for next month in the dacks.

 

I have been looking at maps all year, and doing the web scouting thing. It has shown me some areas of interest, and I have been trying hard to learn tree identification by the leaves during the green season, because that's mainly what most Arial maps offer. Topos give you elevation features, and show valleys and so on. But, to get a true sense of what's on the ground, I will be going in cold/blind more or less. The web is great for some things, but there's no "Street View" in the woods.

 

I cannot remember a hunt I have been looking forward to more then this trip, for a long time! It's going to be awesome if I take a deer or not. Hunting the morning and fishing the evening!

If I recall you were headed up by Indian lake.?  If so and your fishing off shore try the outflow from Lewey lake into Indian lake.  In the fall have caught some nice smallies and trout out of there.  Used stickbaits like jr thundersticks.  It's right past the Lewey lake state park. 

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1 hour ago, Skillet said:

Sounds cool. Where in the ADKS are you going?

Indian Lake area. I have a few options, health will dictate how many I get in.

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So you’re camping Rob? If you take a deer will you process and cook some? I’m looking forward to following this adventure


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Like I said in the past about this, we rented a cabin. If I take a buck, I will be removing and cooking the back straps that night. As for full processing, I will have no choice but to get it done, and get it cooling fast. Depending on how far from the cabin I am I may have to quarter the deer to get it out.

 

This is going to be a tough week hunting. Me, my bow, and big woods. Come whatever may, I'm not putting pressure on myself, I am going to enjoy my hunts, and just hike my own hike.

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29 minutes ago, The_Real_TCIII said:

So you’re camping Rob? If you take a deer will you process and cook some? I’m looking forward to following this adventure


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45 minutes ago, DirtTime said:

Indian Lake area. I have a few options, health will dictate how many I get in.

Like I said in the past about this, we rented a cabin. If I take a buck, I will be removing and cooking the back straps that night. As for full processing, I will have no choice but to get it done, and get it cooling fast. Depending on how far from the cabin I am I may have to quarter the deer to get it out.

 

This is going to be a tough week hunting. Me, my bow, and big woods. Come whatever may, I'm not putting pressure on myself, I am going to enjoy my hunts, and just hike my own hike.

It has been about 20 years, since I hunted that area, but I had my first encounter with Adirondack deer there (in a little patch of thick brush about a hundred yards off the main highway, across the road from Galusha's camp on Lewey lake).    I knew there were deer in the area, because I found some hair on a barbed-wire fence at the back of an old pasture.   

I got down wind of the area where I figured they were holed up.  When they busted out of the cover, the three that I got my crosshairs on all lacked headgear.    Another one (left a much bigger set of tracks), ran off in another direction, and I was quite certain it was a buck, based on the size of the tracks that it left in the mud.        

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Good luck and I hope you enjoy the Adirondack experience of fall hunting; in my mind nothing compares to the endless possibilities along with the sights and sounds.

Best of health and enjoy !!!

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Short update.

 

So, apparently, some of the cabins do have Wi-Fi now. Yeah, I'll be turning off my internet connection. I'm not going the middle Dacks to play on my phone. Now, before anyone gets things twisted with "Oh, if something happens..." yadda yadda, I will not be hunting from the cabin, so I have no need for the www on my big woods vacation.

 

My wife picked up one of the movie projectors you hook up to a laptop and we can watch movies by playing them on a wall with a sheet hung up. We are also taking some board games with us, and cards of course.

 

I keep making a list, checking it, then adding and taking away from it. We will be up there for the regular season opener the last weekend, so I may take one of the rifles and get a hunt in on Saturday morning. I also put together a fire kit with a couple of space blankets in just in case.

 

Just over a week away. Still so pumped for this!

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If you get a chance check out the cabins and area of Kings flow.  Best bass lake I have ever seen and it's on a dead end road and then state land for miles. Awesome spot.  It's at the end of Big Brook Rd in Indian lake.  

A neat spot to eat is Marty's chili nights.  Hole in the wall bar a but a nice Mexican restaurant inside.  Kind of a neat spot you would never expect.  

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If you get a chance check out the cabins and area of Kings flow.  Best bass lake I have ever seen and it's on a dead end road and then state land for miles. Awesome spot.  It's at the end of Big Brook Rd in Indian lake.  
A neat spot to eat is Marty's chili nights.  Hole in the wall bar a but a nice Mexican restaurant inside.  Kind of a neat spot you would never expect.  

That sounds like a fun spring turkey/bass trip

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8 hours ago, The_Real_TCIII said:


That sounds like a fun spring turkey/bass trip

a few of us used to do an opening weekend of bass there in June.   Never seen any turks up there though.  We tried bear hunting but no luck - saw some tracks and scat and neighbors saw a bear.  But always good fishing.  Me and buddy best day on lake 76 bass.  Cabins are really nice.  Had a bald Eagle 4 feet from me there.  

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22 hours ago, Robhuntandfish said:

If you get a chance check out the cabins and area of Kings flow.  Best bass lake I have ever seen and it's on a dead end road and then state land for miles. Awesome spot.  It's at the end of Big Brook Rd in Indian lake.  

A neat spot to eat is Marty's chili nights.  Hole in the wall bar a but a nice Mexican restaurant inside.  Kind of a neat spot you would never expect.  

Marty's is closed our first night up there, the only night we plan to go out to eat. I appreciate the tip though. I think she wanted to hit Indian Lake Restaurant and Tavern.

After that first night, we have a great menu planned out, good old hunting camp cooking, hopefully some over a fire. Steaks, chili, stew, wife's making homemade dutch oven cheese bread, I will be making up some jalapeno bannock, and I think one night we are doing sgetti n' meat balls.

 

I will try to check out Kings Flow. My wife has the afternoons, so if she's up for it, then we surely will wet some lines over there. I know she has a few hikes planned, John Pond, Buttermilk Falls, and Watch Hill.

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Love the adks hard to find deer there and you have to be extra carefull of your scent where you step the deer dont play around up there they run a mile away unlike the southern zone where they maybe go 100 yards

I’m willing to bet you haven’t spent much time in the ADKS.


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1 hour ago, Buckmaster7600 said:


I’m willing to bet you haven’t spent much time in the ADKS.


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How much are you willing to bet because im willing to guarantee you will be broke

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You must have a bad smell about you if deer are running a mile from your scent. I’ve hunted the adks my whole life killed way more than my share of adk bucks tracked way more than that and I don’t think I’ve ever seen one run more than a few hundred yards after smelling me or even seeing me for that matter. I’ve shot bucks less than 100yds from the bed they got out of when they smelled me.

I’ve found that deer in the big woods are way less effected by a humans scent than any other deer I’ve hunted.


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9 minutes ago, Buckmaster7600 said:


You must have a bad smell about you if deer are running a mile from your scent. I’ve hunted the adks my whole life killed way more than my share of adk bucks tracked way more than that and I don’t think I’ve ever seen one run more than a few hundred yards after smelling me or even seeing me for that matter. I’ve shot bucks less than 100yds from the bed they got out of when they smelled me.

I’ve found that deer in the big woods are way less effected by a humans scent than any other deer I’ve hunted.


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