Hunting Near Roads

Ted A. from New York writes to ask about people hunting near roads. “I believe that a fair number of hunters do not get far from roads. This means that even on public land, if you hike back in, hunt the rough cover, you can find good deer hunting. Is there any data to show this?”

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Deer Vision And Treestand Height

Gary B. from New York
write to ask about deer vision. “I teach bowhunter education classes and this question has come up
several times. Relative to how high to put a treestand,
the question is when a deer is walking by, if he doesn’t look up, just how high
is his panoramic vision? The students in the Bow Ed classes just want to know
how high they have to be to remain out of the line of sight of a deer.”

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On The Grill: Hunting Home

The first sight of a turkey ranks right up there with the sound of their gobbles in the dark. They just don’t seem to belong in the woods … plus, when your butt is on the ground, they seem to tower over you, especially when someone calls them practically onto your lap. Yet, I had missed … by the time I left for the two-day drive back to northern Maine, I was in the mood for regretful country music and painful introspection about my future as a turkey hunter.

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Fish ‘Straight Up’ For Lake Trout In New York’s Finger Lakes

When fishing for lake trout in New York’s Finger Lakes, a vast majority of anglers troll deep with spoons and cow bells. However, there’s a more hands-on, but seldom-used technique that will also bring lake trout up from the bottom and into the boat. It involves fishing vertically with leadhead jigs dressed with soft plastics. It’s not really jigging; instead, a more accurate description is “vertical retrieving.”

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To Feed Or Not To Feed

Jay E. from New York
writes to ask about supplemental feed and deer antlers. “I read that putting
out supplemental feed year-round will give bucks on my hunting area larger
antlers. Is there data to prove that, or is it just a sales tactic for
supplemental feed.”

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Show Me The Bucks

Jess P. from New York writes to ask where to hunt big bucks. "If you
had the opportunity to hunt really big bucks, exactly where would you go and
what, in general, would you be looking for?"

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Quality Deer Management, Hunting Accidents

Jim F. from New York writes to ask about quality deer management and hunting
accidents. "The other day a guy told me that if we practiced quality deer
management on our 1,000-acre farm, it would be safer for all the hunters who
hunt there. Can that be true?"

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