Giving Thanks: I have to admit, it’s been a tough November; one in which hunting has unfortunately had to take a backseat at times. Less than two weeks ago our family lost my Uncle Jim Ladd – a long time Adirondack deer hunter who in his day could chase bucks with the best of them. Also this month three other friends, one of them who hunted out of a camp in Edinburgh, have also passed. Hunting has been bittersweet, but it has been hunting nonetheless.
Getting a buck with my brother last week sure felt good. For him, it was his first real nice buck and a long overdue one at that. To top it off he shot it with our grandfather’s old Winchester 30-30 which my grandfather passed onto him not long before he passed in the late 1970s. Both my brothers and I all hunted with that gun in our early seasons. One can’t help to think that some bucks and hunts are just meant to be.
Yet another deer season in Northern New York is beginning to wind down and from Thanksgiving Day on I’ll have the opportunity to hunt every day of it. I’m a firm believer in late season hunting and have been part of many successful hunts during the final hunting days. When I look at the photos coming in from other hunters and read the reports they share about bucks being grunted in, bucks trailing does or bucks searching for does I have to believe there is plenty of rutting activity still going on, even though last week I saw a lot of does but not one antlered deer. I also believe the Nov 25 Full Moon may kick in some late season rutting activity. I’ll be doing my best to punch my tag from Thanksgiving on, and am thankful to just be able get out and hunt and breath fresh mountain air. I hope you do as well. Happy Thanksgiving!
11/20 Northern Comfort: Sometimes a plan really does come together in terms of deer hunting. Just ask Bill Watters of Day, NY who was hunting last weekend in the southern Adirondacks and tagged what will be a record book buck. Here on ADKHunter.com, we don’t usually make a big deal about antler scores – we’re more interested in weight and the overall hunting experience – but it’s hard to ignore a deer that grosses 175 1/8. These are the bucks that people remember and that put Adirondack bucks and Adirondack hunting on the map. Our congrats to Bill and his hunting companions.
Today, Nov. 20, was a good day for us too. After a number of missed opportunities (literally) we finally connected on a nice Adirondack buck. My older brother, Bill Ladd of Watertown got his nicest buck to date. It was a simple, two-man drive and the buck was running with two does. Needless to say, we’ll be looking for those two does before the weekend is out and maybe we’ll catch another buck with them. It’s happened before. Many hunters are heading south tomorrow as it is the opening day of Souther Zone. We wish them luck, but some of us will stay in the North Country.
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