Life is good

Today is the first day of fall, bow season opens this Saturday, the brookies are just starting to feed in anticipation of winter and the New York Giants are 3-0. I realize the Giants being undefeated is, at best, tangentially related to this always scintillating, oh-so witty outdoor column. But I just returned from a day at Giants stadium where I had ringside seats for their latest game with Cinci. Having been a true blue fan pretty much from birth, this was a HUGE treat for me. The fact that they won in OT made it all the better and worth missing the weekend scouting prior to the Sept. 27 bow season opener. Sept. 27 is a meaningful date to me on many levels. Not only is it opening day of the northern bow season, but it also is my son Harrisons birthday, a point I was quick to point out to his mother, Mary, shortly after his arrival in this world. Of course, she was much less impressed with the absolutely huge significance of this twist of fate than I. He was born on the bow season opener, I recall telling her as I cradled Harrison in my arms, just minutes after his birth. Thoughts of hunting equipment for Harrisons many birthdays danced in my head. Thats super Mary replied. Ignoring the tiny fact that Mary had just endured 18 hours of labor followed by major surgery, I pushed on. No, no, you dont understand, its the opening day of bow season! I exclaimed excitedly, a toothy, albeit sheepish grin covering my face. The day NEVER changes! Again, apathy. Would you please bring our son to me, she said in a tired you-have-serious-issues-with-this-hunting-crap tone. I know. Its a curse. The Whitetail Classic buck contest Tony McCutcheon e-mailed me recently in hopes Id let readers know about changes to his New York Whitetail Classic big buck contest. In the past, scoring was done under the typical scoring system, but a number of monster racks were getting beat out after deductions for non-typical points were taken. The contest has always been about the biggest buck entered, McCutcheon said. We agree with the rules for Typical & Non-Typical Classifications in the B&C scoring system, but we feel that a non-typical is at a disadvantage when scored under the typical scoring system. So, this year all deer entered into the contest will be scored and prizes awarded for their Gross B&C Score, before deductions, regardless of their classification. With close to $10,000 in prizes offered, this years contest has the most value ever offered, so I would strongly recommend all local hunters sign up for this one. Registration is just $20 with a $5 handling fee if you mail in your registration, or you can sign up at one of the supporting businesses listed below for the flat $20. The deadline to enter is Oct. 16. This years grand prize is a custom NYWC MDM 50 Cal. muzzleloader, plus a fully guided Whitetail Deer Hunt to the Bears Lair, New Brunswick, Canada; Dinner for two at the NYWC Awards Banquet and a NYWC fleece vest. Categories include: By Gun: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place; By Bow: 1st & 2nd place; By Muzzleloader; By a Woman; By a Youth (19 years old or less). The scoring session will take place at the Waterhouse Restaurant in Lake Luzerne on Jan. 3 and all potential winners should have their deer scored before or at this session. No bucks taken by bow were scored last year, so cumulative prizes in that category will be valued at more than $2,000. A complete list of contest rules are on the registration form and our web-site www.nywhitetailclassic.com. John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications and an avid outdoorsman. He can be reached at johng@denpubs.com.

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