Crossbows are now officially a legal hunting implement in New York State.
Northern states were savaged by winter storms this winter and increases in mortality are to be expected.
As a 30-year veteran of the archery industry, I had pretty much given up on the concept of hunting turkeys with a bow. I’d seen too many fly-aways with hanging legs and birds running off to die but never be recovered.
Here's why you should be scouring your hunting area this spring for signs of winterkilled deer.
A week or so ago we blogged on how some northern states use the Winter Severity Index (WSI) to gauge potential winterkill. Basically, the more snow cover and sub zero temps, the harder it is on the deer. But the WSI covers relatively large geographic areas. What really matters are conditions for the deer herd you hunt; not conditions somewhere else in the state.
It's shaping up to be a tough winter on whitetails, especially in northern locations. A combination of heavy snow cover and sub-zero temperatures will no doubt take its toll.
My family has hunted these mountains all our lives but I’m not sure the boys will be back. We need deer to hunt if we are going to make kids into hunters.” I will never forget that grandfather and the point he made; it all boils down to having something to hunt—nothing more, nothing less.
The hottest topic at the recently concluded industry shows was all about whitetails or the lack thereof.
With the whitetail season all but wrapped up across most of the country, now is the time to set the stage for next year.
The past two months have been unseasonably cold across much of whitetail country. Temperatures have plummeted, winds have blown and snow has fallen. Whitetails are beginning to hunker down for the long winter ahead.
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