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Sportsmen Since 1967

October 29, 2023

New York sportsmen’s groups wary of public land usage study for Kaaterskill Clove area in eastern Catskills

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is in the midst of a study into future best use practices at one of the most popular destinations in the Catskill Park, in a project closely watched by sportsmen and conservation groups.
Kaaterskill Clove is a deep gorge in the eastern Catskills, just west of the village of Palenville, in Greene County. The clove, estimated to be as much as one million years old, was formed by Kaaterskill Creek, and its scenic views make it a popular stop for hikers, photographers and artists.

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Tales of the top unexpected encounters over 45 years of hunting

Over a 45-year hunting career, I’ve had many memorable encounters with wildlife. Sometimes those encounters were with the particular species of game I was hunting at the time, but more often, they were not.  
Of course, it helps that when hunting, we are often camouflaged, stationary and in general trying to keep a low profile. Being “unobserved” by the local wildlife often results in some notable experiences. Before dawn on opening day of firearms deer season a few years ago on public land in Bradford County, Pa., I was about a half mile back from the road in some mixed hardwoods before dawn.

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Illinois firearms hunters took more bucks last year – and took ’em early

Six out of 10 deer taken during last year’s shotgun season were bucks, according to DNR’s published report on the 2022-23 harvest.
The exact harvest ratio of 59.2% males to 40.8% females was not exactly breaking news – Illinois shotgun hunters have harvested 55% to 60% bucks over the past decade or so. The deer harvest report, authored by Deer Program Manager Peter Schlichting, also confirms another ongoing trend among Illinois firearms hunters: a serious reluctancy to waste time.

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Fall muskies: It’s prime time to go after these big predators

Perseverance is a valuable skill if want to catch muskies in the fall, or anytime for that matter. Steadfast confidence that the time invested will teach you what a muskie is, what it needs from the lake or river you are in, and what it takes to provoke a strike. No getting around time on the water.
Shorter days add urgency as prey species prepare for the coming cold. A change in their behavior is not lost on the predator population. A muskie may be lurking nearby, tucked in a backdrop of cover, waiting. It may not be ready to eat, but prey at point-blank range? Instinct will trigger the reflex.

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