Time to Hunt: As I write this it is Thursday afternoon and I’m wrapping things up before spending an evening on stand with the muzzleloader, and having Friday off to head for deer camp and do even more black powder hunting. This despite a cold coming on. Oh well, it’s deer season and I can’t wait and I know that neither can so many other hunters. Finally, a freeze hit most of the Adirondacks last night with more to come, which along with the wind is knocking some leaves down. Although the underbrush has a ways to to, the woods look much different than they did just days ago.
As for buck sign, just today a friend who was in the same spot both Sunday and this morning reported fresh buck rubs showing up, so things are kicking in. If anything, the early season is a time to do some scouting, find some does and begin putting the pieces together of a puzzle that is six-plus weeks of hunting. Of course, if opportunity knocks, take it. It will go by fast, so get out there and make the most of it. We wait all year for this. Good luck!
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•Buck’s Blog in NY Outdoor News
•DEC’s Summary of 2018-19 Hunting Seasons
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2018 Hunting Reports
10/10 – Smokepole Time: This year, the muzzleloading and rifle seasons open as early as they possibly can due to their relation to Columbus Day. It will be the opposite next year. So, here comes the smokepoles as the Northern Zone muzzleloading season opens Oct. 13. Keep in mind that WMU’s 6F and 6J in the Adirondacks and 6N on the Tug Hill Plateau are buck only areas again this season. As for the rest of us, let’s hope we’re aware of our local deer populations before we pull the trigger on an antlerless deer. Some places simply have better deer populations than other.
Mother Nature is the story of the weekend. After a hot stretch that kept many of us out of our bow and crossbow stands, here comes a change. The barometer might not move much but the mercury sure will. One has to believe that this will get deer moving and feeding for the weekend hunt, and beyond. Although there are some social obligations, this hunter plans to spend as much time in the woods as possible in the coming week. Part of that is to enjoy the fall colors that come with the early muzzleloading season, despite the lack of visibility, and the other is to look for sign like rubs, scrapes and food sources. Let us know how you’re making out with this stuff and if you have some luck. Hunt safe!
10/3 – Youth Hunting Weekend: Columbus Day Weekend features New York’s big game youth hunting weekend. Kids 14-15 get to have at it, with many hoping to tag their first deer or bear. We wish them, and their mentors, all the best. If you are taking a young person out hunting this weekend, then hats off to you. Recruitment of new hunters is at the top of the list for insuring the future of hunting.
Meanwhile, this week’s rain was much-needed and surely swelled the beaver ponds and creek-beds that had been dry or down to a trickle. It might be bad news for some bowhunters who were targeting limited water sources, but overall it is a good thing. I was able to get out over opening weekend and spent some time with boots on the ground, mostly checking on food sources. Here in the southeastern ADKs there appears to be somewhat of an acorn crop, but not every oak tree is dropping acorns. At least not where I was over the weekend.
Visibility is an issue and will be until we have a hard-freeze, and even beyond. It didn’t stop me from taking a crack at some Northern Zone turkey hunting on opening day, which proved to be extremely lucky. Speaking of luck, or skill, check out a few of the photos that have trickled in. We’ve got bucks, bears and turkeys. Keep them coming.
10/1 – A Weekend in the Books: Well, October is here archery season is open all across New York. But, for four days it was all about the Adirondacks and we hope you were able to get out. The weather wasn’t bad, at least not as warm as last year at this time. This hunter did nearly get a close shot at a doe while a few others were able to fill some tags, including a couple of nice bucks that we’re hearing of.
9/24/18 – Almost Here: Let the countdown begin to deer season as the Northern Zone early archery season begins Thursday, Sept. 27. If you’re like me, you miss what are now the old days when the sporting license year ended on Sept. 30 and you had those last four days of September to use an old tag, if you had one. It was the same for early season bear hunters. Moving the sporting “New Year” to Sept. 1 does simplify things for DEC, however, and that’s not going to change.
Despite the fact the foliage seems to be quite a bit behind, things are looking good for the archery opener. Deer are on the move and where present, are hitting the acorns pretty hard. Apples appear to be gone but if you’ve got them, deer are likely around. There has been no evidence of a beechnut crop, so if you are finding some, please drop us a line or Facebook message and let us know. Some areas seem to be quite dry, so water holes could be good spots to set up for the early hunt.
And let’s not overlook the small game. Grouse and squirrel hunting seasons are open, with more to follow. If you are a squirrel hunter and a fisherman, Mepps wants your squirrel tails and will be happy to trade them for lures. Learn more about it a https://meppsandmistertwister.cmail19.com/t/r-l-jjtriktl-urukzqlt-i/.
Lastly, we have not heard from any bear hunters out there. The season got off to a warms start, for sure, but if you’ve had some action we’d love to hear about it and get a photo. Email me any time. Good luck out there, be safe, and have some fun!