A friend of mine, George, is an avid outdoorsman here in upstate New York. George has spent thousands of hours fur trapping and hunting turkeys over the course of his lifetime. His skills are fine tuned. The truth that proves it is his ability to place the pad of a coyotes foot on a three inch diameter steel trap pan within hundreds of acres of farmland. As a hard-core fur trapper for over thirty years, George has seen many shenanigans performed by deer hunters.
A lack of understanding of nature and the environment, and a disrespect for the land and landowners, can often be displayed by some of the legion of people who go afield a few times a year and call themselves deer hunters. The often disruptive and aggressive behavior displayed by the weekend warriors of the game can serve to give deer hunting a reputation as a reckless and wasteful pursuit.
These above characteristics do not hold true of all whitetail hunters. Incidences of gut-shot deer unrecovered, wounded coyotes shot and left behind, litter, and trespassing are some of the things so-called deer hunters have been known to do. So it is easy to see why my friend has grown such distaste for the deer hunters he shares the countryside with each Autumn season.
I am an afflicted whitetail hunter with my own deep set of opinions. Hunting whitetails is one of my very favorite things to do because of its challenging nature. Over the course of the next few weeks I will share some things I have learned, and of course, some of my opinions and interpretations of the modern-day game of whitetail hunting in Upstate New York. And I will delve into the simple and accepted premise that the whitetail hunters believes the size of the horns on the tagged deer’s head are an accurate measure of their prowess as a sportsman.