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NY – HUNTING – Our bucks are getting bigger

Deer season is getting better here. Not just quantitatively, but qualitatively too. And if it gets any better, I think I’ll explode from the overload of adrenaline. And thanks. That heartfelt thanks is to every deer hunter out there who has passed on (not shot at) a “scrub” buck. Because you did that, I saw a monster during this archery season. Not once, or twice, but I’ve had six sightings in three different, separate hunting areas. And those critters are what I’d guess to be incredibly rare four and a half year-old bucks. This deer hunter has seen more big-racked bucks in this 2020 New York state archery season than ever before, and that’s in 50 years of serious hunting. But it’s because a year ago, or two years ago, a deer hunter in the regular or bow season “let ’em walk.”

And that’s who I’m thanking. Our area is not big enough, remote enough or wild enough to lead one to believe that in two or three years, that big 12-point, 140-class tanker I almost arrowed hadn’t been passed up during shotgun season when he was a fork horn or a “scrubby little six.” And because of this, repeated so many thousands of times across the Southern Tier of New York state and Northern Tier counties of Pa. there is a larger population of three and four year-old bucks out there, bonafide trophies in anyone’s book. Hunting groups, landowners, and individual hunters are all buying into the notion that if we want meat, shoot a doe (Harvesting does is also sound game management.) But that yearling buck, which sports his first set of horns or even that two year-old buck, now a “spread buck”, if he makes it through the season, will be awesome next year. And we aren’t looking down the long tunnel of time. In just a couple years, any good hunting area can grow jaw-dropping trophy bucks in just a couple of years.  [full article]

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