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Moving on from wild turkey hunting

Moving on from wild turkey hunting

Ed Noonan's weekly outdoors column
Moving on from wild turkey hunting

Since the opening day of the wild turkey hunting season in the Southern Zone, when I called in a turkey with some kee kee calls and then let it walk away, I haven’t seen a turkey in the woods. I have seen them in fields where I do not have permission to hunt, but not in my woods.

Well, I tried a few more times and didn’t see any. My next turkey hunt will be in March in Osceola County, Florida. But now it is the time to concentrate on other small game and deer hunting.

Recently, while watching a friend get his hunting “stuff” together, I noticed what looked like a new knife. I was impressed, and the more I thought about it and after I held it, I realized my knife was ancient and dull.

That evening, I realized how much of a problem I have dressing out a deer with my knife. I Googled “Case Hunter Guthook #17917 buy” and found stores where I could get one. And now it is laying in my gun cabinet, right next to my .308 rifle. Hopefully I will be able to use both of them. Check it out at www.caseknives.com.

BUCK TALES
Chantal Couture of Saratoga shot a big buck sitting on a ridge in the Indian Lake deer woods during the muzzle loading season in the Northern Zone.
While there, she saw seven deer. And when the buck showed up, she pulled the trigger.

Fifteen minutes later, she was standing over her first Adirondack 10-point buck. He had a 15-inch spread that measured a total of 110 inches and weighed in at 180 pounds.

And speaking of deer hunting, the Southern Zone will be opening Nov. 17. If you haven’t already sighted in your rifle/shotgun, do it, and also take the time to read all the hunting/trapping regulations, etc., in the New York Hunting & Trapping 2018-19 Guide to Laws & Regulations. You can also find all this information if you Google “NYSDEC.”

HUNTER SAFETY
Last year, there were 19 hunting incidents, six of which were during the deer season, one of which was fatal. The shooter discharged one round with a pistol at approximately 200 yards and struck a 34- year old lady in her thigh. She died at the hospital.

Here are a few things that a hunter should never say. It “looked like” or “it sounded like.” And remember — do not take that safety off until you identify your target. For more information on these incidents go to www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/hrsi17.pdf.

HUNTING WITHIN STATE PARKS
New York state lands offer many places to hunt, including 81 parks, three historic sites, three golf courses and 50 boat launches that provide chances to hunt a variety of different wildlife, including big game, small game, turkey, furbearers, waterfowl and migratory bird species.

Learn more about statewide hunting regulations in New York state parks and the policy on possession of an unloaded firearm for the purpose of accessing adjacent lands for lawful hunting purposes.

In addition to a valid hunting license, all hunters wishing to take advantage of select hunting seasons within state parks need to obtain a regional hunting permit for each individual park.

The hunting permit will specify which species can be hunted, any additional seasonal restrictions, areas available for hunting, and what implements (e.g. shotgun, bow, or crossbow) can be used. Please contact the park directly to learn about what hunting opportunities are available at that location.

For information on hunting safety, and hunting seasons, and trapping seasons, go to DEC’s website.

DEC—ECOs
Here are a few of those so-called hunters who ignored or did not read the NYS hunting regulations and are going to pay for it.

ECOs Lucas Palmateer and Jason Smith answered a complaint of a hunter that was caught on a trail camera on two consecutive nights on the owner’s property. The camera clearly showed the suspect shine his lights on the posted signs. The officers tracked down the subject, who admitted to trespassing. Also on the camera, the suspect was carrying a pistol in his belt while bow hunting. He was charged with trespassing and possessing a firearm while bow hunting, which is a misdemeanor. This occurred in Ulster County.

In Franklin County, ECO Jennifer Okonuk received a complaint of a shooting/hunting from the road. Okonuk, along, with a NY State Trooper, saw the slow vehicle driving into the field with headlights off.  When she activated her emergency, light, he attempted to flee, but Okonuk boxed them off.

ECO Kevin Riggs arrived and interviewed the two “bad guys” in the vehicle. They were both charged with misdemeanors for possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, discharging a firearm from a public highway and killing a deer except as permitted by law. The deer was donated to a venison donation program.

Speaking of venison, I found a recipe for cooking burgers on an outdoor cooker that I haven’t tried it yet, but it surely sounds delicious. Google “bacon venison burgers” for the “simple” recipe.

Reach Gazette outdoors columnist Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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