Outdoors with Gene Terry: Northern Zone could certainly use a little improvement

H ere it comes guys and girls. This week is supposed to be when the bucks lose all their senses and go chasing the does over hill and dale. If there are any bucks around, I would like to see the does they’re chasing because so far this season many of us have seen neither.

To say the northern zone is having a bad year is an understatement at best.

They’re still coming in to John Rozell’s for processing but not many from around this area. As I stated before, there was no acorn crop at all and the beech nits were few and far between. Makes for a hard winter not only for the deer but all the other critters who depend on a good nut crop.

Vermontopened up Saturday with theNew YorkSouthern zone this weekend. The Southern zone has more fields than its counterpart, the northern zone so maybe that’s where all the deer went. Anybody want to lease a couple of fields, I know a few guys that are interested.

Vermonthad it youth big game weekend Nov. 5 and 6. A lot of kids along with their fathers brought some nice deer in to be processed. The happy look on these kids’ faces was a pleasure to see. For many it was their first deer. Way to go guys and girls.

Believe it or nor, most everyone thinks about deer hunting this time of the year but there’s many a duck hunter still out there. Duck and goose season is still open in most zones. For instance,Lake Champlainzone is still open until Dec. 22; Southeast zone until Dec. 25; and the northeast zone closes on Dec. 10.

Goose season in the northeast zone close Dec. 5 and you’re allowed three a day. Southeast zone is all messed up. Closes on Dec. 10, opens again from Dec. 28 to Jan. 9 ad close then opens again from Feb. 25 to March 10.Lake Champlainzones opened again on Oct. 20 and closes on Dec. 3 and you’re allowed three a day.

Don’t forget all you wives and girlfriends. Christmas is just around the corner. For those husband and boyfriends who came up with the excuse that they missed the deer of a life time because they had that “old” gun that they hunt with and they said or hinted that if they had that brand new one that they show you that’s in the paper for sale-they would’ve have got that buck, don’t believe him! I’ve done that and tried that and still didn’t get the buck. Got a new gun there.

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