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    12/3/17

    Up at 415 and up to pick up dad. Made into the same stand I shot the buck from on Thursday about 15 minutes before legal light. Gave it until 800am and backed out of there. Small little spot so I'm making sure the wind is right and won't walk anywhere but my little trimmed trail to the stand. Nothing happening this morning. Gonna take a ride down tomorrow, Sunday, and get my climber snugged to a tree for use next week. Don't want to get lazy this early and burn out stands.... No deer seen by either of us...brought my Thursday deer to meat cutter late morning.
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    12/4/17

    Usual routine, up on time then up to pick up dad. Sat till 8:30 am with no deer sighted by either of us. Drop off dad, then had some personal stuff to attend to. Will hunt again tomorrow early. The grind part of December hunting appears to be starting! Talking about snow at the end of the week...
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    12/5/17

    Another uneventful couple hours in the woods this morning then off to work. I checked my trail cams and the night time activity has been fairly good over the past several days. I am going to bring my climber with me tomorrow and after hunting one of my ladders early I am going to attach my climber to the base of a tree in a hunch spot for the following couple of mornings..... We'll see what develops.

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    Gave it another whirl today with no luck. Going to take a few days off at this point to get back into the swing of things at work and get caught up. If we get some snow on Saturday I will give it a shot, but otherwise, will be watching weather forecasts for snow. Just about time to climb down out of the tree and start following some tracks around....

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    12/7/17

    Last try of shotgun season, as I have stuff to do the next couple days. Nothing happening today. Will change over all my stuff to muzzleloader for next week and will wait for weather to decide if I'm going to hunt or not a bit more often for the next three weeks.

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    12/11/17

    Snow overnight Saturday into Sunday lingered for today and was in pretty good shape still. When there is snow I like to try to find a track heading into the right place where I know I can follow it. I parked and left the truck after daybreak as I know that the tracks are usually real close and when you find them the deer can be anywhere so there is no real reason to be in early if not in a tree. I didn't find anything fresh in the back field where I have my cams so I headed east down a series of old tote roads and ATV trails that lead out to a small field. A few tracks crossed the road, heading in tight behind houses to the south. I kept going around the field and down into where it starts to get lower. Turkey tracks joined in on the road with some frozen deer tracks. As I poked along, black movement out ahead of me made me stop. It was a flock of turkeys cutting across right to left out at about 60 or so yards. I watched them putt along for a bit, and when I took another step forward I saw the back of a deer. I put the scope up and saw some sort of antlers over its head, lowered the crosshairs and let one rip. I had to give him another from about half the distance to seal the deal. About a 120lb. six pointer....

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    12/16/17

    Negotiated a couple hours of hunting time this morning with an inch and a half of fresh snow on the ground. Having said that, the snow was nice but the crusty snow under it and frozen leaves below that was less than ideal. Tracks everywhere, like a maze of tracks in the woods, put deer out of beds early on but never laid eyes on any. Had to get out of the woods early...checked cams and bolted..

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    11/17/18

    Opening day of New York deer season! We didn't have our usual two doe tags each so we were stuck with just our back tags this season. No worries, just a different mindset in the woods. On the opener I went right to my favorite stand on the place about 125 yards in from an old railroad bed just about in line with a cut corn field on the other side of the tracks. This is a ladder stand that the owner put in place at my request. A few years back I was sitting there in a climber and at dawn looked to my right and there was an old mangled stand against a tree. The next year it was replaced with the current one...good deal. Anyway, at about 8 o'clock the bald heads started coming. Three here, three over there, a couple more over there. Only one deer stayed in the heavy stuff to my right and didn't give me a look at its head, but I could tell by the pace and the way he walked that it was a buck. By the end of the day I counted fourteen does and fawns from the stand. This was the first time I have ever sat in a stand all day long without my feet touching the ground. Dave sat about 150 yards further in from me and saw a dozen bald heads as well, and missed a five pointer that snuck in very close behind him and took him by surprise. Turningleaf was up on the high ground end of the property and was into deer right off the bat as well. He shot a forkhorn at about 10:30am. All told, 36 deer seen on day one between us, with Timmy filling his tag.

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    11/18/18

    I had thought about moving for day two but the sheer volume of deer coming by the stand made me think that something was going to happen at some point. First thing that happened was three bald heads coming from across the RR bed and up into the thick stuff beside me. The morning rolled on with no more deer sightings for me for a while. At about 10am I heard a shot from the other side of the property...same place Turningleaf got his buck the day before. A few minutes later I got a text picture from Dave of a 1x4 buck he had just dropped. At that point I was solo in the woods there as both of them were tagged out with bucks. We did have doe tags for a neighboring zone and we were interested in checking that out. My minimum deer changed at that point as I wanted to have a look at those zones state land as well. Don't you know, ten minutes later I see legs coming through the thick stuff to my left at about 35 yards. I could see something on his head and looking through the scope I saw brow tines and a few points. I dropped down to his lungs and shot. He lurched forward and ran straight at me. He stopped straight down under my stand and his legs slowly gave out under him. He was a smaller bodied six pointer...about the cutest little buck I've ever seen!

    We put in a morning in a couple little state forest areas that gave us a bad image of state land hunting in NY and spent the next few days screwing around, getting the deer cut up, doing a little sight seeing, drinking some beverages, and having fun. A great trip...

    Pictures to come later as I'm at my work computer and images don't work on here.....

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