Pretty much the perfect morning for an Opening Day of deer season here in western New York, though a little snow wouldn’t have hurt my feelings any–cloudy with temps in the mid-40s. Shooting thus far has been sporadic. As for myself and my hunting party of six? I saw 4 does and a spindly 4-pointer and wound up being high man for the morning. It’s noon on Saturday as I write this. Back to the stand.

Tragically, we just received word from friends back in the Catskills that a fellow hunter fell while putting up a stand late yesterday afternoon and died. We are all greatly saddened by the loss and serves as a reminder to everyone to please practice proper safety and wear a harness when climbing into your stand.

More reports as warranted.