After a blown opportunity and a close call during archery season, I picked up a rifle and got it done.
Each season I do a little bit of out of state hunting so I don’t burn out my local New York spots. This year I decided to not hunt Connecticut for the first time in 10 years and hunt nearby Pennsylvania instead. It might sound crazy to give up a 20 minute drive for a 2-hour drive, but I had put the time in CT over the years and had little to show for it in terms of success – it was time to move on.
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After an incredible season passing up over 30 bucks, patience and determination finally paid off for Damien Rzepka on December 2nd. This brute was searching for a hot doe at noon and Damien was able to sneak an arrow in him. He was well worth the wait!
Trail cameras are an invaluable information gathering tool for deer hunters, they tell the story of the deer and give you a look into their habits and home range.
On Halloween morning I was fortunate enough to connect on a mature 9 pointer in Westchester County. It’s my biggest buck and a buck my brother didn’t know he had on trail camera until he pulled a card from a card on another property a few days after I arrowed the buck (you can read the story on NY Antler Outdoors and NYBowhunter.com).
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The October Lull keeps many hunters wondering where all the deer went. For these hunters, there wasn’t much of a lull.
If you haven’t taken a buck yet, or you still have another tag left, remember to share your photos and stories with us by emailing them to email@example.com.
Mike Clark sent in this picture of his first bow kill in Hancock, NY on October 4th. The doe came in around 6pm right before sunset and the drag out was during a thunderstorm – that’s part of early season hunting.
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It’s sweet November and the rut is on!
It’s been an interesting year so far in the deer woods. First, I have to apologize for the lack of updates to the blog this season, I’ve been hunting in neighboring Pennsylvania a lot and have zero cell service.
This year has had it’s ups and downs – it’s been an emotional roller coaster in the whitetail woods. I started my season off on a high with an unexpected Halloween buck. I was as happy as could be having arrowed my biggest whitetail. I had the next week off so I took it easy over the weekend with the warm weather and then headed to Pennsylvania for the next 6 days.
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Each year its the same – scout year round, shoot my bow year round, run trail cameras and hunt hard. The results, however, weren’t always as good as I had hoped. Today it all changed.
It was a last minute plan. My brother sent me a text last night and asked if I wanted to join him on a hunt this morning, so of course I said yes. On our drive to the woods I asked Derek if he had hunted this spot yet and he had, but only once. He didn’t even know what was in these woods, but he had a good idea there would be a big buck living here.
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Trail cameras allow me to pinpoint when bucks are moving and tell me which stands to hunt and what times to hunt them.
On Sunday, October 6th at 6:38 pm this big bodied, heavy antlered whitetail walked within 20 yards of my stand. This is a Pennsylvania buck so there’s no hunting on Sunday and he seems to know this. The good news was it motivated me to stick it out on stand for the rest of the week – the bad news was after 25+ hours on the stand I only saw one deer and it was a spike at last light.
Each year Suffolk County produces some of the biggest bucks in New York. This 8 pointer might not be the biggest deer on Long Island, but he’s wide!
Chris and his buddy Steve were hunting out on the North Fork of Long Island on October 4th in balmy, 88 degree weather. Chris saw this buck coming in and then watched as it turned and walked away towards Steve. The result speaks for itself – great buck Steve!
The 2013 Archery Deer Season has officially started with my first deer on the ground.
On October 8th I headed out to one of my favorite strips of hardwoods that runs along a power line clear cut. The clear cut is full of tall, thick, nasty brush that the deer love to call home. It provides plenty of food and cover for the deer and keeps them feeling safe and secure.
Archery Deer Season in the Southern Zone, Westchester County and Suffolk County open tomorrow, October 1st.
It’s the time of year we’ve all be patiently waiting for since the end of the 2012 season – tomorrow is opening day! Good luck to all our fellow archers who will be up in a tree tomorrow and remember to wear your safety harness!
I won’t make it out until October 5th, but if you’re out there tomorrow lets us know what your seeing. You can share your photos and post real time updates on the NYB Facebook page.
Remember to pick a spot and squeeze that trigger. Let the arrows fly! Good luck all!