Friday, March 1st, 2024

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Friday, March 1st, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Losing access: Dealing with a shrinking hunting playing field

Like so many hunters have experienced, the Piatts lost access to a hunting spot this year after its owner passed away. Checking out public land may be a viable option. (Photo by Glenn Sapir)
Paula and I lost a hunting spot this year, which isn’t unusual these days. Typically it’s a lose one-gain another proposition, and hunting access is a challenge we’ve become accustomed to over the years. It is an oft-repeated scenario these days: the landowner dies, the family sells the property and we’re no longer allowed to hunt it. In this case it was about 60 acres in New York's Chemung County – not a big chunk of land but a good one, with plenty of oak and, in the right years, good numbers of deer and turkey, and an occasional bear.
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