Let’s Go Deer Hunting: It’s hard to remember an autumn as warm as this one has been and for the most part, it is impacting hunters who simply don’t enjoy the warmer temperatures. Many question what they’d do with a deer if they got one. We feel real bad for the young hunters who endured the heat for last weekend’s youth hunt.
But it’s not all gloom and doom. As you’ll see from the photos, a few young hunters as well as some bow hunters have been putting the time in and connecting. Now, crossbow season is here and this weekend is opening of the early muzzleloading season in the Adirondacks. If you hunt WMU’s 6F and 6J in the Adirondacks, or 6N in the Tug Hill region, remember that these units are buck only. Good luck, hunt safe and be sure to send us your photo and reports.
(9/28) Hot Start: I’m sure I wasn’t alone in adventuring out for the Northern Zone archery opener on Wednesday morning. But, I didn’t last long. Once the sun broke over the horizon and hit the landscape the mosquitos quickly descended on me as I sat in a blind. In no time I was sweating although all I was wearing for camo was a gilly suite made of camp netting over shorts and a t-shirt. This hot weather we’ve been having makes hunting obviously difficult. And although it’s going to remain warm, at least there will be some drop in the temperature which could get deer moving over the weekend.
Meanwhile, we finally got reports of some successful bear hunters out there, which has also been tough hunting in the heat. Come Sunday, the several small game seasons open, including Wild Turkey in the Northern Zone and archery for deer in the Southern Zone. Hunt safely, and let us know how things look in the woods, especially with buck sign and beechnuts!
(9/19) More Seasons: This is a great time of year for hunting in Northern New York. The Early Bear season opens in the Adirondacks on Saturday, Sept. 16 and the real news here is that there is somewhat of a beechnut crop out there. The mast is not everywhere, but earlier this summer reports came in from the central Adirondacks and recently we’ve heard from hunters in the eastern ADKs too, of some beechnuts. Currently, there’s some acorns and apples too. Good luck out there this weekend and please send us a photo and/or report on your hunt. For small game hunters, grouse season opens on Sept. 20 and the early archery season for deer (Sept. 27) is now less than two weeks away.
DEC’s Season Summary
(9/1) Happy New Year: It’s a new license year and the opening day of a pair of hunting seasons in New York as small game and waterfowl hunting begin. Both squirrel and Canada goose season get under way. The best part of it is that it’s going to really feel like fall in the Adirondacks for most of Labor Day weekend, if not a little wet from what was Hurricane Henry. Soon enough, the Adirondack Black Bear season will open on Sept. 16, grouse on Sept. 20 and the archery season for deer on Sept. 27. It’s that time of year!
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