Field reports from the first days of the deer hunting season – The Daily Gazette

The first deer report of the season was produced by Steve Baker from Rotterdam. He got a 180 pound dollar and 13 points taken on the afternoon of November 16 in Schenectady County. Baker got his money with a 10 point crossbow.

Ashley Chamberlain of Pecks Lake wrote to me about her early history of crossbow hunting. She said hunting season is fast approaching and the thought in her mind this year was to figure out what she was going to shoot. That’s when she came across the weapon of choice: the crossbow. This choice would prove to be the most successful indeed.

Her husband Clarence knew her birthday was fast approaching and therefore gave her a beautiful Killer Instinct brand crossbow with all the accessories to make a successful first crossbow deer hunt.

Later that week, her husband booked a day-long Saratoga hunt at a preserve called Easton View Outfitters, which is an hour’s drive from Pecks Lake. Their guide installed them both on watches with guaranteed kill. On her watch, she sat down waiting for a good six deer to approach so she could shoot.

There she sat waiting, and nothing came. She was frustrated.

Then around noon, a young female approached. She knew she had a clear shot at 20 yards, and she was right in that range. She took her shot. The deer was on the ground. Upon examination, she had doubled her blow, thus delivering the fatal blow. She said her first crossbow hunt was a great success.

Tim Blodgett of Schuylerville pulled his money last week. He was standing in a tree with his Elite Synergy Bow all set up. At around 2 p.m., he spotted a male about 100 meters away. But he was standing behind a big tree. He gave a little whistle, and the buck came around.

Tim was ready and set to shoot and about 15 yards knocked him down. The buck was an 8-pointer weighing in at around 175. Well done Tim.

On the Buck Fever website, I had an article about the owner of a local business, Rick Milham, a graduate of Guilderland High School. He was an excellent football player and he distinguished himself in the volleyball team. He now owns Buck Fever, a synthetic deer lure. It is a New York-based company and the product is made by residents of New York. For more information, visit


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I think I’ll see if they work while I fish in Florida in February and March, but I will wait for those northern ice fishing reports, especially if this new bait works as it says.


For those of you who hunt small game, the New York State Air Guns Regulations allow squirrel hunting with air guns. I sent several squirrel tails to Mepps to exchange for their fishing flies. I use a Gamo Wild Cat Whisper air pistol and am very happy with its accuracy. Airguns are also permitted for small game in Florida.

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