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Hooks and Antlers outdoor column


In recent days, “Hooks and Antlers” asked a number of area sportsmen, “How did your deer season go?”.

Their responses comprise today’s column.

Mike Bice of Lisbon: I didn’t deer hunt. I hunted ducks and geese exclusively.

Ed Blackmer of Chippewa Bay: The weather wasn’t bad, but I didn’t put any venison in the freezer.

Jim Boyce of Massena: I had a good year as I took a nice six-point in the middle of the season.

Mark Brackett of Canton: Our club had good results with its QDM practices. Due to our food plots, we had some very nice bucks, and their average weight was up by 15-20 percent. Our buck-to-doe ratio is out of balance, and the club continues to debate the issue of taking does.Our consultant’s research showed a very serious bear problem in the area. Overall, I heard that hunters saw fewer deer again this year, but everyone seemed to have fun and enjoy the season.

Jack Flanagan of Canton: Deer season was a little slow. I took a nice doe during archery season, but I didn’t see much for bucks at all.

Bob Flavin of Ogdensburg: I never saw a deer the few times that I did hunt.

Dave Forsythe of Lisbon: I didn’t get to hunt deer as much as I would have liked. We were able to harvest a nice buck, but deer sightings were way down compared to last year.

Mike Gagner of Massena: During the New York deer season, I saw one eight-point and a few does.

Larry Kring of Black Lake: I started kind of early this year by scouting with trail cameras. I managed to locate some good bucks and one nice one whose travel patterns I was able to figure out because of the cameras. On November 16, the second day I specifically hunted him, I took the buck, and he was a 10-point that weighed just under 180 and scored 124.

Dan Lake of Heuvelton: This deer season was a lot different than past ones when I saw a lot of deer on my property. This year the deer were nowhere to be seen by mid-November. I didn’t do the shooting, but I ended up with some venison from our drives at hunting camp in Fine.

Tom Lightfoot of Massena: My season was slow in regards to deer sightings. I saw a few does and lots of buck sign during the rut, but I never had any success in seeing those bucks. Overall, the mild weather and lack of snow made things more difficult.

Rick Mace of South Colton: Muzzleloader season was good as I passed up a spike horn and six-point in the valley because of a voluntary antler-restriction policy. My deer sightings were up compared to last year, but it was still tough hunting. I hunted a total of 110 hours and saw 19 deer (one for every six hours) including four different bucks.

I hunted one-third of the time in the valley and two-thirds of the time in the big woods. Daytime deer sightings seem tougher to find, and I’m wondering if there is anything to the theory that nocturnal deer survive better so this behavioral trait is increasing in frequency.

I did take a six-point piebald buck that was 50 percent white and 50 percent brown (a genetic variation occurring in less than one percent of deer). I was taken by surprise when I first saw it, and by the time I realized it was a deer I examined its head and was further surprised to see antlers.

Walt Paul of South Colton: On a scale of 1-10, I would rate it a 5. I got a lot of exercise and spent quality time with old friends, but the hunting was slow overall.

Cody Richardson, Sr. of Lisbon: I had a successful season even though it started out slow. In late November I was able to get some venison for the freezer.

Neal Riggs of Lisbon: This season went well as I filled a couple of tags. I had real good luck on my property in Lisbon where I got a nice buck that an unknown hunter pushed out to me for an easy 20-yard shot. I was able to fill my tags with less hunting which kept me sharp whenever I was in the woods.

Jim Robinson of Black Lake: I had a great season. I got a small seven-point, and three of the four people I hunt with got deer (two eight-points and a 10-point). I hunted every day of the season but one, and I had a lot of good times at camp and in the woods. Who can ask for more than that?

Chris Showers of Brier Hill: I didn’t get to spend too much time in the woods, but I saw a good number of deer each time that I did get out.

Joe Siematkowski of Colton: I had a good year with some luck during early-bow season. I saw far more deer than last season, and I saw a lot of small bucks.

Bill Simmons of Potsdam: My season went well. I had no health issues, saw a few deer, and filled a doe permit to put venison in the freezer.

Tony Zappia of Massena: Very good. Only hunted a handful of days and this year luck was on my side.

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