Jeff Murray

A New York trophy buck for Dad

West Barre, N.Y. — It’s not uncommon for someone to pass along some sage advice or make a last request from their deathbed. But when Grant Shoemaker heard his father’s dying wish, he couldn’t wait to make it come true. Shoemaker, who lives in the Orleans County community of West Barre, lost his father Willis H. “Bill” Shoemaker Jr. on…

A buck for Cameron: Memories kept alive in New York deer woods

Lodi, N.Y. — Danielle Joseph and Cameron Nichols were looking forward to spending the rest of their lives together, but tragedy abruptly put an end to their dreams. Nichols, 25, was killed in a motorcycle accident June 3, about a year before he and Joseph were planning to be married. As devastating as the accident was for Joseph, it might…

New York wilderness program: ‘Not just a recreational camping trip’

Saranac Lake, N.Y. — Tarah Schlueter grew up in Colorado and came to appreciate the wilderness and open spaces. When she moved to New York state, she found herself less than an hour from New York City and in an entirely different environment – one she never grew fond of. When Schlueter had a chance to move to the Adirondacks…

New York shooter finds success at World Skeet Championship

Corning, N.Y. — For Victoria Ferchaw, 12 was the magic number. That’s how old she was when she shot her first deer. It was also when she picked up a shotgun and started shooting skeet. She’s picked up a lot of guns and broken untold thousands of clay birds in the years since, and now she can add world skeet…

New York white deer herd about to become a tourist attraction

Romulus, N.Y. — The first tangible sign that the former Seneca Army Depot, best known for its famous white deer herd, is about to become a tourist attraction is nearing completion. When Seneca Iron Works owner Earl Martin purchased the 7,000-acre former World War II ordnance dumping site last year from the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency, he promised to…

New York pheasant production solid, despite weather challenges

Ithaca, N.Y. — When fall hunting season rolls around, the pheasants will be there for bird hunting enthusiasts. But for the people responsible for running New York’s lone remaining game farm, providing that crop of gaudy ringnecks for the wingshooting crowd was a bigger challenge this year. Last year hot, dry weather helped produce optimum conditions for raising pheasants at…