Look, let’s stop the griping. Youths are the future of our sport. I’m not sure this early hunt will encourage any more kids to hunt, but they do it in other states, so why not New York?
Bow hunters will say the best time to take a big buck is early in the season. They feed and bed in the same spots every day before the rut kicks in, making it easier to pattern the deer. By Halloween, these big stags are up and moving, looking for a receptive doe.
Personally, I like to bow hunt the first week of November. The woods seem to be alive with deer activity. But I don’t care about shooting a big buck. I’ve done that. I’d rather put a nice, tender, non-gamy doe in the freezer.
I actually started writing this article with some negative thoughts, but by the time I got to the bottom of the page, I couldn’t find much wrong with the idea. Maybe kids will get away from their computers and iPhones just a little longer; at least I hope so. But I do think the same kids who participate in this early hunt will be out there during the regular season with the dads.
I vividly remember the first buck I took back in 1963. That excitement still lingers in my mind. I hope these kids also will take a big buck and be hooked for life.
Hopefully you adults will take time off from your hunting and spend that extra time with your kids. It will certainly be worth it.
Get your tickets soon for the CANY Banquet at Oneonta’s Holiday Inn on Sept. 29. They’re going fast. For tickets or for more information, call Al Bowers at 607-432-6398, Rich Gravelin at 607-432-6212 or Ron Martini at 607-432-5945. All proceeds go to the Venison Donation Program to feed the needy.
Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at robrockway