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Anyone else having a slow season?
« on: November 17, 2015, 07:51:00 AM »
Hey guys, I just wanted to see if anyone else is having a very slow season this year?  I'm  in Westchester County hunting on public land and it has been very slow. My crew and I have been out at least 8-10 times, on two different properties, for half day sits, both morning and afternoon, and we have only seen 2 deer between us. Signs are limited as well. I'm not seeing any rubs at all. I did find a scape line two weeks ago with 2 treestands within 60 yards of the scrapes.
Not sure if it's pressure, abundance of food ( I have never seen the acorn crop this abundant), or the kill off last winter. Or all of the above. I've got to say it considering hanging it up for the season. Any of you guys hunting Westchester what are you experiencing?
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Re: Anyone else having a slow season?
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2015, 03:11:00 PM »
You can't kill one after you hang it up. Keep getting after it. Sometimes you get lucky sometimes you've got to put in time.

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Re: Anyone else having a slow season?
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2015, 05:39:00 PM »
Hey Pete, I've bee hunting Westchester the last few weeks and yes, I thinks it's been an odd season. Not much sign in a spot I've been hunting for 15 years. I've had more action earlier when I was hunting Delaware Co. I wouldnt hang it up, just gang in there.
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Re: Anyone else having a slow season?
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2015, 08:37:00 PM »
Slow here in Putnam County as well. Saw a lot of doe early on but very little sign. A couple of small rubs and no scrapes. Had a nice 8 point of camera prior to the season but usually late night or early morning. In the last 2 weeks I've only seen one 4 point but he was on adjoining DEP land.
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Re: Anyone else having a slow season?
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2015, 01:42:00 PM »
Saw deer on 4 occasions during Southern Zone archery, only one of them close enough for a shot (and she busted me as I drew). Now that the gun hunters are out, there is more deer movement but not alot more. In a true oddity, I saw no deer on opening day of Southern Zone gun season. Only heard about 1/3 of the normal number of shots. I usually just hunt my own property and a friend's property during gun season (helps to keep me away from the crazy city hunters) but I have over 15,000 acres of state land within 5 miles in three different directions. To not hear many shots in those locations is certainly out of the ordinary.  Perhaps it is true that hunting is on a decline in NYS.
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Re: Anyone else having a slow season?
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2015, 07:26:00 PM »
I hunted western NY today with my son and a cousin. We were each spread out in 1/2 mile increments. Hunted 0630 to 1630 and nothing, very  rare for that property. But did you see the moon? That could have something to do with it. The back road was littered with 5 carcasses missing only their antlers, hind quarters and back straps. Boy, if I could get my hands on those dudes, Id cut the hind quarters off of them.   :mad:

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Re: Anyone else having a slow season?
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2015, 02:06:00 PM »
Aw, Izzy, that's just miserable for someone to disrespect a deer that way. As a search & rescue volunteer, I've seen that alot when looking for lost hunters. Sure makes me think the deer were poached. I may only be a lowly "meat hunter" (my trophy is on the plate and in my memories of the hunt), but I think it imperative to utilize the entire deer.

The only time I have cherry-picked meat off a deer was when it was a road kill. Then you have to worry about spoiled meat from the impact and broken gut bag.

As a follow-up to the original question, I only heard 3 shots on Thanksgiving day (about 6 hours on watch). It is definitely slow around here (Madison County).
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Re: Anyone else having a slow season?
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2015, 02:48:00 PM »
My season has been s...l...o...w.

Three deer within 40 yards since October - last weekend and they were antlerless, and I don't have a regular season mgmt tag.  Spent half an hour watching them and that is almost as good.

I did some brush-hogging this summer and plan on good things NEXT year.  Still putting my time in but I am not seeing deer at all.

Good news is that I am seeing grouse.  More &@#*^$% red squirrels than the world needs.  I spend 80% of my time in the woods being scolded by the little . . .
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Re: Anyone else having a slow season?
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2015, 08:02:00 PM »
By far the slowest season I've seen in my 16years of hunting. Sightings rare and deer in range even rarer. Not sure if our state land has been over hunted, last years winter was to harsh or something more sinister.
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Re: Anyone else having a slow season?
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2015, 02:58:00 PM »
A friend of mine has a couple of theories. One, with no snow on the ground the deer do not have to move much to find food or stay warm. Two, with the warm temps the deer are not moving much due to growing out their winter coat and not overheating. I was out all day last Saturday and only heard two shots. Pitiful.
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Re: Anyone else having a slow season?
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2015, 09:41:00 AM »
Too warm! I was out in a light shirt yesterday PM, it was 57 degrees. They just didn't move-- the only time I saw movement was on the cold Sunday November 15 (chasing like crazy) and opening day of gun season, which was a lot less than usual.
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Re: Anyone else having a slow season?
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2015, 05:52:00 PM »
Im starting to see that something was way off after all. I had a fairly average year although no big bucks seen but 4 different friends who are prolific, successful deer hunters went empty handed this year. Some for the 1st time in 20 some odd years.

     We'll see, maybe next year will make up for it with the mild weather and low kill numbers. That spike I killed early in the season will taste even better after what Ive been hearing from others.

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Re: Anyone else having a slow season?
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2015, 09:58:00 PM »
I am thinking you are right Izzy. I am hoping the deer make it through winter well and the numbers are strong but healthy next year.

I have heard every excuse in the book this year from co workers why there are "NO" deer left in the state. I just smile and keep my trap shut because they are already convinced they are right.

I just hate it when coyotes get a bad rap for peoples inability to hunt.  I have not seen many of them this year either in person or trail cam. usually just the same 2 I always get pictures of.

I am hopeful this weekend will have the deer moving about. Either way, I will enjoy my time in the woods.
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Re: Anyone else having a slow season?
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2015, 02:57:00 PM »
Toughest year I've had in awhile in WNY. There are properties with plenty of deer for sure but over all everyone of the hardest hunters I know have seen far fewer deer this year.I only saw one true mature buck during early bow and near the end I took a young 5pt.Gun has been tough too but I put a good buck in the freezer with the muzzleloader.In all I would say I've seen about 1/3 of the deer I saw last year even though I hunted almost everyday .

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Re: Anyone else having a slow season?
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2016, 01:43:00 PM »
Yup!  2015 was slow for me.

But, not slow for the deer...  They were romping all over.

Me?  Mostly had my head screwed on backward, is all I can say.  

One quick story:  new stand in a white pine.  Snapped a zillion dead limbs to get it up, and the stand was 10 feet.  So, 10 munites later, I'm in the stand looking up telling myself I need to get higher when a four point walks under me.  I could have speared him, if I had a spear in my hand...  Too late, anyway.  Had to watch him as reaching for my bow would have alerted the buck.

Looking forward to the 2016 season.

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Re: Anyone else having a slow season?
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2016, 01:51:00 PM »
Finally had some cold weather here on Long Island, haven't seen a deer while hunting for almost a month. Then went hunting yesterday and the cold weather and snow had them moving. Had does walk by out of range twice, feels good to finally see something again, now if I can position myself a little closer I can add another one to the tally.
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