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November 19, 2013

Step Back in Time: Nov. 19, 2013

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25 years ago

Nov. 19, 1988

Deer season for gun hunters opens Monday in Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties, and local women will head into the woods.

Alarm clocks will ring about 4 a.m. and women will put on their long underwear, warm socks and heavy red jackets, then load their guns and fill their thermos bottles with coffee.

While their numbers may be small, women hunters’ passion for the sport is equal to that of their male counterparts.

“It’s the matching of wits, human against deer,” said Lynne Borow of Delhi.

Hope Brown of Walton, who has hunted in Delaware County for about 40 years, shot a six-point buck back in 1964 and had it mounted. Her first time out she got a doe.

Some of the women who hunt in the area gut the deer they shoot, others let the men take care of it. “On a cold day the deer’s body heat warms my fingers,” Borow said.

Many women joined the sport through relatives or husbands. “I followed my big brother around as a kid,” said Ruth Toohey, who hunts on Franklin Mountain in Oneonta.

Not every deer sighting needs to end up as a kill. Brown once watched a doe protecting her fawn.

Brown said she stood motionless as the doe spotted her. The doe stomped her hoof and the fawn froze. “The doe moved a little closer and a little closer, and the fawn just stayed where it was,” she said.

“Finally she was close enough to me. I deliberately moved so she’d stop walking. Then the doe stomped her foot again and the fawn ran off. The mother quickly followed.”

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