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Rod, Gun and Game: Hunting with the right equipment

New York state is at the peak of the whitetail deer archery season. The rut is about to hit high gear.

The bucks want the does and the does want the right bucks to court them. The females rule the woods. The stage is now set, with leafless trees, chilling air and the anticipation of watching for deer from a tree stand.

A safe tree stand you can strap yourself into is like a recliner sofa in the woods, with high-definition action going on, all around you. My best grunt calls mimic my snoring pretty closely and I have drawn the attention of deer that have bedded down, below me.

Hunting from a ground blind can be fun and requires less physical energy to hunt, since all you really need is a fallen tree and a nice cushy, warm seat cushion tied to your waist. This is a great, no-fuss way to hunt, if you are quiet and move slowly, while scanning the horizon. Choosing the right spot, like above a creek bed or stand of oak trees, can make such hunting more effective.

We hunters have a lengthy checklist of preparations to bear in mind, before heading out to the woods. Who said hunting was easy?

We must toe the line, each time we take to the woods, or we will not be as effective at scoring or even seeing deer.

Since, with archery, we must be close to a deer for an effective shot, we have to take scent control into account. On top of our equipment – bow, arrows, broadheads, release, quiver, sights, tools, knife and backpack supplies – we need to develop our shooting skills. We also need to keep our emotions in check. To be archers, we need to know our stuff, inside and out, and be confident about making a good shot, every time.

Every arrow shot is a one-time shot, because we don’t have five-shot repeaters, in archery. It is safer, that way, and is one reason why so many are turning to archery.

The archery season is warmer than the gun season. We can enjoy the woods without a blanket of snow and freezing temperatures.

Whether we bag a deer or not, hunting helps us remain young. No matter what our age, we hunters all think in the same vein of future goals and outdoor passions.

Hunters rediscover the relationship between predator and prey and experience the challenge of the outdoors. Thank our creator (and your spouse) for tolerating your need to stay young; it makes filling the freezer with venison and sharing the bounty of the land more fun, every year. Good hunting to you all.

How to be a bass pro
The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series provides weekend anglers with a professionally-operated, competitive tour with a path to the world championship of bass fishing: the Bassmaster Classic.

American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low-cost, close-to-home tournaments for weekend anglers and offering competitors individual progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and the American Fishing Tour, The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, the American Couples Series or the annual Military Team Bass Tournament, visit

Blade retention collar
Rage Broadheads has introduced a new blade-retention accessory for its mechanical broadhead, designed to be used in conjunction with the O-ring on the original 100-grain Rage Broadheads.

The new legacy shock collars slip onto the back of the ferrule and over the O-ring, for an additional level of blade-retention security. They help prevent the premature deployment of the Rage blades during accidental contact with branches, twigs, weeds or bow quivers.

According to Jon Syverson, vice resident of Rage Broadheads, “Rage broadheads work exceptionally well, as they were originally designed, but we’ve received a fair amount of feedback-primarily from hunters who spot and stalk, saying that they have snagged their broadheads on some form of flora or fauna, which caused their Rage broadhead to deploy prematurely.”

The new collars provide significantly more blade retention, while requiring very little energy to deploy the blades upon contact with game. The collars will work with any 100-grain Rage broadhead that has the original O-ring design and will be sold in a pack of 15 for less than $8.

Skeet Reese helping Hurricane Sandy victims
Bassmaster Elite Series professional Skeet Reese and his family will host an auction to raise funds for those on the East Coast affected by Hurricane Sandy. For more information about the auction, visit The event started on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and will last through Nov. 16.

Reese will auction off several items from his career and personal collection and will match the money raised.

“We were sitting here watching the news over the weekend and it hit me how many people are still being affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy,” he said. “There are so many people without power, bare necessities and even their homes, that we wanted to do something to help out.”

Reese made a personal donation, when he thought about the generous hearts of bass anglers and fans across the country. “That’s when we decided to do the auction,” he said. “The people in our sport are a caring and giving bunch and we decided to offer them a way to get something in return for such a good cause.”

Included in the auction will be one of Reese’s signature Wright & McGill Company Skeet Reese tackle bags, loaded with hundreds of lures, bait and tackle, that Reese uses on tour. That kit will be filled with Lucky Craft lures, Berkley Trilene line, Berkley Havoc and PowerBait soft plastics, TroKar hooks and Eagle Claw terminal tackle. Reese will also be auctioning off Wright and McGill Company Skeet Reese Tessera, Microhoneycomb and Victory rods and reels and, perhaps the most significant item, one of his event jerseys, signed by Reese.

Outdoor calendar
Nov. 10 – 11: Niagara Frontier Gun Collectors Show, Springville Volunteer Fire Department 405 West Main St., 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 652-9460.

Nov. 14: NYS woodcock season closes.

Nov. 16: NYS fall turkey season closes.

Nov. 17: NYS Southern Zone big game firearms season, opening day, sunrise – sunset. Ends Dec. 9.

Nov. 30: NYS musky and bass season closes.

Dec. 14: Safari Club dinner, Michael’s Banquet Center. Call 542-9929 to purchase tickets.

Dec. 15: NYS Conservation Council fundraiser, Southtowns Walleye Association, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 655-0975 or 640-2776.

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