The hunt is on

Notes from the North Woods

Where to start

Almost every hunting season, someone asks me the question “Where can I learn how to hunt?”

Most deer hunters will honestly reply, “I’m still learning how to hunt!” However, I’ve been very fortunate in this regard. I’ve had numerous opportunities to hunt with a number of highly competent hunters over the years. The learning curve never ends.

Unfortunately, it isn’t always an easy opportunity to come by an experienced hunter who is willing to share. Understandably, it is a short season!

The vast majority of successful whitetail hunters are a rather quiet lot. They have worked long and hard to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for success, and they’ve spent a lot of time in the woods. It is understandable, if they aren’t terribly very eager to share it.

However, in most local communities there is a fair share of old timers, who are more than willing to provide some helpful hunting hints. Even the most experienced hands, were inexperienced at one point in time.

Their accumulated knowledge of Adirondack deer hunting could fill volumes; but often, nobody asks. And sadly, the knowledge passes on with them.

These are the folks that can provide information about an untold number of natural deer funnels, where hidden springs can be found, and lost orchards or similar locations were once discovered.

Often, these old hunters are just as interested in sharing their information, as we are to learn about it. The most important element in this learning process is respect and feedback. Stop by the local Nursing Home, or the Senior Center to discover what the real Adirondacks once had to offer. I expect you’ll find a lot more than you bargained for!

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net

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