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long island hunting

How's it going out there? Am I the only guy not seeing any deer?
I was at otis Pike all day Saturday, used every gadget in the book, and didn't see a thing. Nice property though, I've bee exploring many spots out on LI and there's alot of good land out there.

So who's got the 1st picture to post?

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Might as well show off someone elses Buck!

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NICE!!! BUCK
Where on Li did he get this monster? This is the difference between an eight pt on LI and one in the catskills, at least the one's I've seen upstate are small 8 pts. REALLY NICE !!! Thanks for sharing, keeps the hope going......when we're sitting up there for hours.
Good Luck!

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First Hunt

Just about to go on my first deer hunt in the Catskills....any pointers.

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Location: Huntington station NY
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pull the trigger !

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Re: First Hunt
CCazz wrote:
Just about to go on my first deer hunt in the Catskills....any pointers.

Yes.....make sure it's a deer! Good Luck

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Location: Port jefferson NY
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Lost Deer

I finally had a deer present himself in front of my stand at Sarnoff on Weds (Nov 11th) after almost a month of sitting. This is my first year bowhunting and after purchasing one of the best bows (PSE Dream Season) in April I practiced 2-3 times a week, took several lessons, read several books on deer hunting, spoke to other seasoned hunters and watched my share of inflated hunting shows. I felt comfortable shooting from every angle, rain, wind whatever. Bought all the nessasary clothing maybe even some not nessasary. I had a little nervousness as he approached but felt still confident in the shot.....aimed just behind shoulder on his left side, up a little for the angle, snapped the string and hit em standing still at 18 yds out. He sort of hunched his back, jumped and took off stopping 25 yds out to look back and lick his right side just above his shoulder. took a few steps and jumped into the woods out of sight. I waited 20 minutes and came down. Checked my arrow to find no blood. A clear film with small chunks of flesh. A pile of hair lay on the floor. That sinking feeling hit me. I started to very quietly trail him and found several drops of blood 10 yds away. Bright red but no air bubbles. I continued to trail to find a small semi puddle where he had stopped to lick his shoulder. Again bright- light red. I waited another 35 minutes to change at my car and grab my orange hat. I started again queitly trackin into the thick woods. On my knees...every 3-4 feet finding another several drops. Once or twice finding a little heavier spill. Followed for almost 100 yds when it just stopped. Gone. I started a circle at that last point and searched for about two hours. By now I wanted to hang myself from the closest tree. Nearing 1:00 pm I decided to call for help. I called the # given in the NYS DEC manual for Trackers. Gave them my callback # and they said they would contact someone for me. Called my hunting buddy who met me to help search. After another hour of searching and no call back I called the Ridge station who gave me 3 more local #'s to call. One of which was disconnected and left messages for the other 2. Finally after 7 hrs after the shot I decide to go home. I still have not got a call back from any trackers. I know they are volunteers and are not obligated to call back but I was willing to pay whatever to find that deer. Cant explain that sinking feeling but I am sure someone has been there. Well it decided to rain that night and continue to rain the next day and still no calls. I have since began reading about training my dog to track (Fox Terrier). I pride myself on being prepared and took every effort to prepare for this day. I can only assume my shot was high and hit muscle. Maybe it closed up after the 100 yds and he kept running and is still alive. Maybe he's dead and just outside where I checked. This morning I awoke and had finally regained the fever (and energy) to hunt again and possibly redeem myself. I will be out tommorow. Any tips on my situation with the trackers? Again, I know the are volunteers but not one returned my call. Almost would feel better if I didnt know they existed. Left me with someone else to blame when I know it was me that F up'ed the shot. [/img]

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Great Story, I know exactly what you went through. The picture was not available, What was it?
Anyway, my first year of deer hunting upstate I had a similiar experience, light blood bubbles which I tracked for miles in the snow, i was like a chicken following a corn trail. Every so many yards he would pop up and I'd get another glimpse of that amazing rack, but he kep going and going like the energizer bunny never to be seen again. It was an expeience never to forget.

You did you homework and everything you could and more to find him, so don't beat yourself up for it. That's the way it goes. I'd keep going back though.

This is also my first year hunting with a bow on LI and I know what your feeling.
Thanks for sharing, Good Luck.

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Yup, that is unfortunate but i think anybody that has been bow hunting for a while has gone through the same thing, so your not alone. Also depending on how big the deer was, it will probably stay with you for a long while. You will go over all the steps you took and think what you could have done differently. But on the brighter sides of things it won't be your last encounter. That's what i keep on telling myself.

I feel your pain.

If there is water near, look there. Good luck.

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Joined: 10/26/2006
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long island hunting

Hey guys! I'm glad I found this thread! I haven't been active on the forums for about a year now and just dropped in to see whats happening. I reside in Pittsburgh, PA but the company I work for is based out of Hauppauge on LI. I recently learned that you can hunt on Long Island. For the longest time I assumed there was no hunting on LI. Being an avid hunter I was thrilled to learn about this. I am up in LI every 4-6 weeks spending time at the office. I would definitely like to learn about hunting on LI and maybe even finding some hunting buddies! Thanks! Thumbs up

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