The Nuzzi Buck – A Sullivan County 10-Pointer


John Nuzzi Jr arrowed this 10-pointer in Sullivan County on October 8th. John was in the stand for an afternoon hunt overlooking an Eagle Seed Broadside food plot he had planted back in early August. Around 5:00pm a flock of turkeys came into the plot and put on a show. Shortly after a small 4-pointer entered the food plot to feed.

John had several trail camera pictures of the 4-pointer being followed by a larger buck so he picked up his bow in anticipation for the second deer to appear. It wasn’t long before John saw the 10-pointer come out of the heavy thicket into the food plot to feed. At 6:40pm the buck gave John a broadside shot and John sent an arrow from his Mathews on its way. The buck crashed into the woods and then everything went silent. A short tracking job later ended up with the buck a mere 60-yards away. Congrats to John on a great Sullivan County whitetail!

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NYS DEC Misses the Mark with New Regulations


New changes are heading our way for the 2015 deer season in New York. For those of us hunting in Westchester County and a few other WMUs that have historically had an overpopulation of deer we now have a newly created 2-week long antlerless only season – the only problem is that it’s the first 2-weeks of bow season.

For some that’s not an issue, but to others it just crushed their chances of killing that buck they’ve been patterning since the season ended in 2014. Why? Because those first 2-weeks also happen to be the last few days you can catch a buck on its summer pattern.

The DEC says that management goals are not being met in these WMUs which is why we need the antlerless only season. Well, I can tell you changing the first two weeks to antlerless only is going to have a minimal impact, if any, on the antlerless harvest. The guys that want to shoot bucks will be spending their time in NJ or CT and the rest of us, well, we kill does all season long so it’s business as usual for us.

If the DEC really wanted to increase the antlerless harvest we could have looked to our neighbors over in CT and simply extended the hunting season for another month by starting in September, extending into January or both.

We also are still a 2-buck state (1 Regular Season buck tag, 1 Either Sex archery tag). If we dropped one of the tags, like most of the ‘big-buck’ states, and became a 1-buck state I think you’d also see the antlerless harvest go up…not to mention we’d probably have a few more decent bucks running around.

Time will tell how these new regulations end up working, but I think we already know, this isn’t going to work.

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Suffolk County 8 Pointer


It sounds like Suffolk County was on fire with rut activity the morning of November 9th. Rosco was standing with arrow knocked from sunrise until 7:45am when a big 8-pointer came through fighting another buck. Roscoe shot this bruiser right in front of him, congrats on another great whitetail!

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Eric’s First Deer with a Bow


Eric sent in this photo of his very first deer taken with his bow! A big congratulations goes out to Eric on his first successful archery hunt!

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Laurie’s First Archery Deer


Laurie from Roxbury, New York just learned to shoot a bow last year. She logged a lot of hours in the stand and didn’t harvest anything last season, but that didn’t stop her. On October 3rd at dusk Laurie had a beautiful doe came out at 20 yards. Laurie made a perfect double lung shot and doe dropped within 75 yards. Laurie says she’s going for a buck next! Congrats to Laurie on her first deer!

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An Opening Day Double


Nick sent in this duo of bucks he took on opening day of the 2014 Connecticut archery season (September 15th). Nick was hunting the morning  hoping to fill a tag and saw 3 deer, but no shooters. After a fairly quiet morning, Nick returned to the stand at 4:00 pm. Around 6:00 pm Nick watched as an 8-pointer in velvet worked his way in. Nick settled the pin and let the arrow fly and the buck went down in sight. With an hour left of shooting light Nick decided to stay on stand. About an hour later another 8-pointer started working his way in and offered Nick a shot. Nick let an arrow fly and had successfully tagged out on opening day.

Congrats to Nick on an awesome opening day hunt! If you’ve got photos from a hunt to share email us at

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New York’s First Early Black Bear Season a Success

A flourishing black bear population and a newly established early season gives hunters additional opportunities to hunt black bear in New York.

The NYS DEC took a proactive approach to managing the State’s black bear population with the addition of an early black bear season in select WMUs for 2014. The early bear hunting season started on September 6th in portions of Southeastern New York and September 13th in Northern New York

Some of the highlights to the new plan include:

  • A new early firearms bear season from September 6-21 in WMUs 3A, 3C, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3M, 3P, 3R, 4P, and 4R. Any hunting implement, including crossbows, are legal for use during the early black bear season.
  • Expanded bear hunting in northern New York which now includes WMUs 6A, 6G, 6K and 6N. In these newly opened units, bear hunting begins with bowhunting equipment only from September 13 through October 17.

The downside with the early season bear hunting is the heat – opening day had temperatures in the mid to high 80s with high humidity. Bear hunters will have to skin their harvest as quickly as possible to cool the meat and prevent spoilage. Hunters might also want to skin and quarter the bear in the field and packing out the meat in game bags.

Here’s a video from one successful hunter during this years early black bear season:

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Crossbows Come to New York Fall 2014

Crossbow hunters take to the deer woods during the 2014-15 season in New York.

Well it finally happened…the NYS DEC adopted regulation changes making crossbows a legal implement for the fall 2014 hunting seasons.

So what does that mean for us? Well, if you’re hunting big game in Suffolk, Nassau, or Westchester counties you don’t have to worry about seeing crossbows in the woods because they’re not allowed in these counties – for now.

As far as licensing, crossbows will be treated as ‘muzzleloaders’ so hunters must have a muzzleloader hunting privilege to hunt with a crossbow.
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Putting together the Hitlist for the 2014 Bowhunting Season


Trail cams are running and big bucks are showing up. Time to put together the hit list for the upcoming archery season.

This year is shaping up to be a good one! Several good bucks have showed up on trail cam and hopefully I can catch up with one of these deer during the season – the Tall Tine 8 pointer (pictured above) would be an awesome encounter.

I’ve been setting cameras along travel routes and focusing on trails between bedding and feeding areas as well as pinch points such as creek crossings. So far the strategy has paid off and I’m catching the same deer on multiple cameras which has given me more insight on how they travel this property

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Pre-Season Preparations: Hanging Stands and Running Trail Cams


August is the perfect time to check your trail cameras and start picking out stand sites for the upcoming archery season.

I picked up a new property late last year and spent the majority of the early season learning the property – and the learning curve was steep. This year I had the advantage of the lessons learned from the previous hunting season, a winter of scouting, and running trail cams since the spring turkey season.

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This is a great looking buck! ...

Jake Jurek arrowed this buck on 10/3/2015 in Allegany County. Gross score of 118-3 with a 2 1/2" drop tine

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