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Deer season is over, but the work is not done

After a long deer season, most hunters are ready for a break. Hunters like myself consider deer season a year-round event. The preparations made during the preseason are typic... read more...


Sometimes a trophy is in the eye of the beholder

Through the years, I have harvested some pretty nice bucks. In my mind, the trophy may not even be the deer. You would likely be surprised what I consider a trophy. This year... read more...


Toads today, tracking snow tomorrow

Last week’s column on bipolar weather couldn't have been written at a better time. From 60 degrees to 11 inches of snow in just over 24 hours. We hunters have been cursed by ... read more...


Hunting with a conscience: Let the little ones go

I remember how proud I was of my first buck. I never expected how drastically my opinion would change over time. When we first start hunting, it seemed like shooting a deer w... read more...


Just stay in the game

Have you ever had one of those seasons when nothing seems to work out? No matter what you try, you just can't get it done. How you deal with a season like this will likely dic... read more...


The time of year bow hunters wait for

You have the chance to harvest a buck nearly all season, but the best time to harvest a big buck is now! The rut or breeding season for whitetail deer, is just kicking off. Ge... read more...


Straight talk about selfish hunters

I overheard a conversation the other day that ticked me off. How lucky I was to be invited into the discussion as Joe Bob and Bucksaw had no idea what they were in for. The t... read more...


Cruisin’ for a bruisin’

The rut – mating season for ruminant animals – is approaching fast, and that means bucks are starting to move more readily. Break out the doe pee and get ready to get run ove... read more...


Duck...I mean shoot

Duck hunting can be challenging at times. It can be a group activity, which means ribbing your buddies. Simply put, hunting ducks can be a blast, quite literally! There are m... read more...


Scrape magic for pre-rut bucks

As the leaves begin to fall, bucks start gearing up for the upcoming rut. Vulnerable would be an understatement when it comes to explaining the position bucks put themselves i... read more...


Feeding area deer and turkey

Before the rut and cold weather kicks in, you should focus on food sources to intercept deer and turkey. Now that deer and turkey season opens on the first of October, you ... read more...


Last-minute prep for bow hunters

To be a successful bow hunter, consistency is the name of the game. Being prepared may be the difference between success and failure. There are many things to account for whe... read more...


Little river yields big fish

The Chenango River may not be the largest in the state, but it holds some monster fish. This is the time of year that is great for targeting the big guys. When it comes to bi... read more...


Deer hunters need to get in and out fast

When it comes to deer hunting. Opinions vary as to what the best strategy is at times. The speed we enter and exit the woods is a common topic of discussion among hunters. Ne... read more...


Fishing after Labor Day can be less laborious

By the time Labor Day arrives, many fishermen are hanging up their rods. As the leaves start to change and the water begins to cool, we need to recognize the dinner bell is be... read more...



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