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Monthly Archives: September 2014

     Hunters spend a lot of time outdoors. This is not too significant in and of itself, lots of people like to get outside. But the level of engagement hunters exhibit is far more than the average hiker or canoeist. This makes them ideal field assistants for researchers in need of data collection.     Ten years ago the New York State DEC launched it’s Cooperator Ruffed Grouse Hunting Log. I remember… Read More

     I made it out on Friday for my first attempt at bear hunting. I did my best to still hunt up a slope in the Green Mountain National Forest. There hasn’t been any rain to speak of in about a week, and the duff layer was brittle and loud. As I drove along the main roads there was a faint tint of gold in the forest canopy. But when standing… Read More

    It was not a terribly cold morning, about average for early October. Long underwear, sweatshirt and light jacket were the only additions to my usual bow hunting attire, and by mid-morning I knew I’d be looking to shed the jacket. My only worry was my footwear. An inexpensive pair of work boots adorned my feet, and in spite of several generous applications of waterproofing agent I was skeptical. Sure enough,… Read More