The woods are also showing signs of a solid beechnut crop as well as some acorns. These too are preferred foods for whitetails. Having plenty of food around may actually frustrate hunters trying to pinpoint a whitetail’s habits. This is the reality of hunting and the way I look at is that solid food sources mean solid, healthy deer heading into the unpredictable winter months. If they’re tough to hunt because of widespread food sources, so be it.
Deer aren’t the only species getting some early season attention. This weekend is the annual youth waterfowl hunt in the northeastern zone. Next weekend (Sept. 28-29) it is in the Lake Champlain zone. Next weekend is also the youth pheasant hunting weekend in eastern and northern New York. The youth deer hunt is fast approaching on Columbus Day weekend.
Grouse season opened in the North Country on Friday (Sept. 20) and seasons for wild turkey, cottontail rabbits and varying (snowshoe) hare open Oct. 1. Hunting season is here folks, enjoy it.
OUTDOOR WRITER’S CONFERENCEE
I spent last weekend in Lake Placid attending a joint outdoor writers conference shared by the Outdoor Writer’s Association of America (OWAA) and the New York State Outdoor Writers Association (NYSOWA). I am only a member of the latter. In fact, I’m NYSOWA’s northern region vice president. I really enjoyed having the national group here and I’m sure the Adirondack region will benefit greatly because of it.
As I’ve witnessed so often with our state association, whenever a group of outdoor communicators visit an area they return home and submit material to their various media outlets. OWAA members consisted of roughly 250 writers, photographers, videographers, radio hosts and sponsoring members. Toss in a few dozen NYSOWA members who also came from various parts of our large state and you had plenty of sets of eyeballs taking in the picturesque Adirondack scenery.