Based on the number of reports I’ve received and the shots I heard in the deer woods last Saturday, it looks like it’s going to be a good deer hunting season. The bucks I’ve heard about have been real trophies.
I’ll begin with a mother-and-son team from Schuylerville who have scored 24 points. During the bow season, Michael Galcik was sitting in his tree stand when he saw a nice buck chasing off a fork horn on the other side of the field, well out of range. The next day, before noon, he set up a ground blind and brushed it in. He returned about 2:30 p.m. to the blind and set up his buck decoy. Two hours later, he heard noise behind him, and the buck walked out into the field grunting and circling behind the decoy. At 20 yards, Mike came to full draw with his new BowTech
Destroyer and ended the hunt. Mikes buck carried eight points.
Opening morning, Mike’s mom, Joyce, was set up before daylight in a nearby back field, her favorite spot. Around 7 a.m., she got a call from her daughter, Bridgette, who said there were three deer headed her way. She was ready, and sure enough, two does followed by a nice eight-pointer were coming. At 90 yards, Joyce’s Kimber customized M96 6.5x55 Swede rifle barked once and ended the hunt early. It was the sixth buck of her hunting career. I saw the pictures, and I think it was bigger than Mike’s.
However, Mike was not done, because later that same day, he and his son, Zack, who accompanied him, moved up on a ridge overlooking a swamp and a hemlock grove. It was just about 4 p.m. when Mike made a series of bleating and grunting calls, and they soon heard movement below them. It wasn’t long after that he saw the deer directly below, but was not able to identify it as a buck until it stuck its head out and started rubbing his antler on a sapling. It was a quick and clean shot. The deer only went about 30 yards from the impact point.
Mike’s swamp buck, which tipped the scales at 175 pounds dressed, carried a nice, wild eight-point rack. For Zack, it was a very exciting adventure on his first trip to the deer woods with dad.
Vince Hill of Schuylerville saw three bucks chasing does and even got a shot at the big one before he filled his tag several days later. All of this activity took place hunting from his tree stand in Washington County. Using a combination of scents, grunt calls and antler rattling, Vine lured the buck in, and at 20 yards, one arrow from his BowTech Diamond compound reward him with a 150-pound, eight-pointer with a 15-inch spread.
Jim Grant of Rexford found out that you can shoot two deer from the same southern Saratoga County tree stand. Early in the bow season, he filled his Deer Management Permit (DMP) and decided to try it again Veteran’s Day. He’d just gotten comfortable and ready in the stand early that morning when he noticed a buck coming right to him. At 20 yards, he had an opening and took the shot with his Martin Jaguar compound, which was right on target.
A half-hour later, he climbed down, picked up the blood trail and only had to go 80 yards to find his buck. The four-pointer tipped the scales at 140 pounds.
The Albany County woods were good to Albany hunter Glenn Garver this deer season. Opening day found him deep in a swamp he found while scouting the area early in the season. It was around noon when he heard, then saw, a deer coming, and he noticed it was big and that the antlers on both sides had been broken, probably from a lot of fighting. At 40 yards, he downed the buck with one shot from his 12-gauge Ithaca 37 shotgun. The buck dressed out at 140-150 pounds. The next day, in the same area, Garver filled his DMP with the same gun at the same distance.
Here are a few of the North Country bucks with photos on the Adkhunter.com site. Al Johnson, hunting with the Foxhill Gang Club around Lake Desolation, shot a high-racked eight-pointer that dressed at 150 pounds. Paul Moulton of Minerva shot a 170-pound backyard buck that carried a 10-point rack, and Scott and Wade Shufelt of the Mill Brook Club in Herkimer County both shot big 10-pointers.
Two Oregon men, Alex Machavo and Nathan Shinn, were hunting deer near Elk Creek Road in Oregon when they saw a bear and shot it in the abdomen. It went right down and lay there motionless. However, when Alex got to the bear, it grabbed him, biting and injuring his arm and hand, and then pulled him into a bear hug. The bear and hunter then rolled down a 50-foot embankment. Fortunately, Nathan was able to finally kill the bear with a shot to the head. Any wild animal that you shoot should always be approached cautiously.
Here is something to brighten up those pre-dawn minutes fumbling around in your blind/tree stand or during your nighttime fishing/camping adventures. The Clarus UCO LED Lantern is both a lantern and flashlight. Rugged and lightweight, it has a water-resistant frame and frosted globe that provides 150 lumens of non-glaring light with 70 hours of burn time, and it operates on three AAA batteries.
It weighs four ounces with the batteries and open, measures 6.4 inches, 4.5 closed. I’ve been using this on my predator hunts and deer hunting and hopefully, will get an opportunity to use it to dress the buck that I hope to shoot this evening when he steps out just before dark. Average retail price of the Clarus UCO LED Lantern is $20 (www.ucogear.com).
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