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

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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

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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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Spring Turkey Season Opens May 1 in New York

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Bowhunters take to the woods this spring after weary old gobblers in New York.

It’s my favorite time of year after deer season – the spring turkey season (probably because it’s the only other time I’m out hunting with my bow). Following suit of previous seasons, the 2014 spring turkey season opens May 1 in all of upstate New York lying north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary and the annual youth turkey hunting weekend is April 26-27. The youth turkey hunt is open in all of upstate New York and Suffolk County.

Not nearly as popular as deer hunting, there only 100,000 turkey hunters expected to head afield this spring. Honestly I don’t know how anyone can’t get excited about calling to a bird and have it respond and watch it work its way in. It’s a very interactive hunt.

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NYSDEC Releases 2013 Black Bear and Deer Harvest Results

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2013 was a good year for black bear hunters and deer hunters in New York.

2013 Deer Harvest

Deer hunters had a pretty good year again in New York with approximately 243,550 deer taken during the 2013-14 hunting seasons, nearly equivalent to the 2012-13 hunting season.

This was the second year for New York’s Youth Deer Hunt, held over Columbus Day Weekend. During the Youth Deer Hunt, 14 and 15-year-old junior hunters could take one deer, antlered or antlerless, with a firearm when properly accompanied by a licensed and experienced adult mentor. An estimated 8,860 junior hunters participated in the Youth Deer Hunt, resulting in 1,275 deer taken (728 adult bucks and 547 antler less deer). This is an excellent program that the state offers and I encourage everyone to take a junior hunter out if they have the opportunity. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience.

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Glider Gloves for Bowhunting Deer [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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PROS: touch screen smartphones (tested on iPhone) function with high degree of accuracy, comfortable lightweight material, long cuffs, 10 finger touch screen capability

CONS: fit was slightly off, fingers were a bit short on my pair, not durable enough for use as an active hunting glove, grip material on glove palm creates torque on the bow hand

MSRP: $24.99

Last season I was contacted by Glider Gloves to field test a pair of their Urban Style Touchscreen Gloves. I had previously reviewed a pair of similar gloves by a company called Aglove so I welcomed the chance to review these.

Compared to the Agloves, these gloves were higher quality and had a much longer cuff which is something I always look for in a hunting glove. As social media becomes a larger part of hunting and a growing part of NYBowhunter.com I welcomed the chance to be able to easily send updated to my Facebook fans from the tree stand. The Glider Gloves made it easy to text and check email while keeping my hands warm and concealed from the eyes of any nearby whitetail deer.

One thing bowhunters should note is the gloves have a grip on the palm. Some bowhunters, including myself, prefer not to have any grip on their gloves as it helps create torque which lead to less accurate shooting.

These gloves are great at what they were designed to do – be a comfortable touchscreen glove. However, for hunting purposes, you have to remember what these gloves were designed to do. If you plan on wearing these in the field and climbing up to your tree stand day in and day out you’ll rip through these knit gloves in about a month. If you want these gloves to last as a hunting glove you’re better off waiting until you’re settled in the stand before putting them on so there’s less wear and tear on the gloves.

Overall, I’d recommend these gloves if you’re looking for a true touch screen glove. They’re way nicer to use than similar hunting gloves with a silver pad on the pointer finger and thumb. Just remember, they’re not made for hunting, so don’t expect them to last you for several seasons if you’re rough with them.

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Fuse Mossy Oak Rugged iPhone Case [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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Last spring I was contacted by Paul at Fuse to try out a new case they had for the iPhone called the Mossy Oak Rugged Orange iPhone 4/4S Shell Case. It combined my two favorite colors – hunter orange and camo – so I gave the case a try.

The case is made up of an inner soft rubber case that acts as a shock absorber and a rigid polycarbonate frame on the out side for added protection.

What I really liked about this case was the fact that it wasn’t covered in a sticky rubber like some of my other iPhone cases so it didn’t pull my pocket out of my pants every time I reached for my phone. Another nice feature is the size of the case, it’s not oversized so you still feel like you have a slim smartphone.

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Westchester County Bowhunters Association Winter Meeting

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The Westchester County Bowhunters Association will hold its winter meeting on January 21,2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Teatown Lake Reservation Ossining, NY.

One of the hot topics for discussion I’m sure will be the plans that Teatown has for using sharpshooters to cull 75 deer from the reservation property. Why Teatown isn’t using a free resource like Westchester County’s own bowhunters and is choosing to use taxpayer money to hire sharp shooters is beyond me. Hopefully, we get some answers on this Tuesday night.

About the WCBA: Since 1979, the Westchester County Bowhunters Association has worked at expanding the knowledge of local non-hunters in order that they understand the importance of sound wildlife conservation, and by that we mean effectively controlling Westchester County’s deer populations through Bow hunting.

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Teatown Lake Reservation to Hire Sharpshooters

The Teatown Lake Reservation plans to hire sharpshooters to cull 75 deer from the park.

According to Kevin Carter, executive Director of Teatown Lake Reservation, the deer have been nibbling the reservation to death. It’s now time to do something about the overabundant deer. The solution – hire sharpshooters to hunt over bait at night and take out up to 75 deer from the herd.

While the goal may be to protect the ecosystem and all plant and animal species, using sharpshooters is expensive and frankly a waste of taxpayer dollars. Why not take advantage of local bowhunters who would be willing to offer their services free of charge?

In fact, the Westchester County Bowhunters Association holds quarterly meetings at the Teatown Lake Reservation. Why isn’t this qualified group of bowhunters that has been instrumental in organizing controlled hunts in other parks in the county being used as a resource in Teatown?

One thing is for certain. Hiring sharpshooters is not a long term solution. At some point bowhunters will have to be introduced to the nature preserve to maintain the population of animals so they’re kept within the carrying capacity of the land.

You can read the full story on lohud.com.

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