Outdoors in Whitehall with Gene Terry: Slow start to deer season

I don’t know about all you hunters out there, but deer hunting this year has been slow, very slow, non-existent slow. I’ve been out quite a bit and in most areas not even a squirrel, bird, chipmunk, nothing.

There’s definitely not the feed in the woods that the animals rely on. The hunters aren’t seeing too many if any in the fields either. Could it be that the deer just aren’t there or all the hunters have gotten too lazy to sneak, crawl and slither to get the wily buck.

Lot of it has to with coydogs. I don’t care what DEC says about then not doing damage on the deer herd, when many of the hunters are hearing them howling in packs of them, they’re chasing something and it’s not a chipmunk.

Some bow hunters hunting in the southern zone have put their bows away and taken to carrying their rifle as they are seeing lots of coydogs and certainly not the deer they had been seeing in years past. There’s no getting around it, coydogs do a tremendous amount of damage to the deer herd, especially when the fawns are born. There should be an open season on them, which there is where most hunters are concerned.

And you know what’s amazing to me is, I go down to my granddaughter’s in Dutchess County and you can see 10 to 20 deer in the fields and very few, if any, coydogs being heard at night or being seen during the daytime. It’ll be only a matter of time before they show up down there if DEC doesn’t get off the fence to do something about them.

Can you believe the bears that are being seen all over the place? It goes to show that there’s no feed in the woods and the bear are coming to town looking for food before they den up for the winter. When was the last time you heard of at least five bear being seen in the village? I can’t remember ever seeing bear in the village. Be careful of your youngsters out there while playing in the yard. Never had to worry about this before.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags:

518 Wheels – 01/15/18

518 Wheels 1-15-18.pdf-web.pdf

Flat Iron: Village misses grant deadline

Flat Iron

By Matthew Saari A Restore New York grant that could’ve potentially funded the demolition of the blighted Flat Iron building […]

Codie made the team!

bascue

By Matthew Saari It’s official – Whitehall’s Codie Bascue will be competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. […]

Four years later, search continues for missing man

Jonathan Schaff

By Krystle S. Morey A steady flow of new leads and cooperation from witnesses have kept a 4-year-old missing person […]

Freezing, flood wreak havoc

whitehallflood4

By Matthew Saari and Krystle Morey Only in the Northeast can communities have 50-degree weather and torrential rains one day, […]

Weekender – 01/12/18

Weekender 1_12_18.pdf-web.pdf

North Country Freepress – 01/12/18

FreePress_1_12_18.pdf-web.pdf

Lakes Region Freepress – 01/12/18

Lakes_1_12_18.pdf-web.pdf

Northshire Freepress – 01/12/18

Northshire_1_12_18.pdf-web.pdf

518 Wheels – 01/08/18

518 Wheels 1-8-18.pdf-web.pdf

Time to move veterans clock?

GRANVILLE-CLOCK_121510_26_7_8_TM-V2

By Krystle S. Morey Hung on Main Street, it has been a topic of discussion and an aesthetic staple in […]

Bascue qualifies for winter olympics

Sports Bascue at Jr. World Championships

By Matthew Saari Whitehall’s Codie Bascue, just 23 years old, has clinched a spot on the U.S. four-man Olympic bobsled […]