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Crossbows legal during regular big game season

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This is what the certificate looks like that the state is requiring a hunter fill out, sign and carry with their hunting license to hunt with a crossbow this season. This form can be found and printed out at www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/crossbowform.pdf

This is what the certificate looks like that the state is requiring a hunter fill out, sign and carry with their hunting license to hunt with a crossbow this season. This form can be found and printed out at www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/crossbowform.pdf

Whitetail Classic free this season

Tony McCutcheon, creator of the New York Whitetail Classic, is opening the statewide big buck contest to anyone who would like to sign up, free of charge.

In a prepared statement, McCutcheon said there has been a significant drop in participation during recent years, a drop he attributes to the economy. In response, this year’s 2011 contest will be free to everyone who enters and hunters will be able to enter anytime during the season.

Hunters must enter the contest at least 24 hours before taking a deer. Sign-up sheets will be available at a number of supporting businesses and online at www.nywhitetailclassic.com. Final deadline for entry is Dec. 10. Certificates will be issued as prizes, recognizing hunters with the biggest bucks entered this season. A scoring session, will be held Jan. 14, 2012, with the location and time to be announced later.

Lease looking for members

The KC Brook Club, formerly East River Club in Tahawus, is seeking new members and I promised member Alan Huggard I’d give them a plug in this column.

The club encompasses 2,800 acres of former Finch, Pruyn land and contains four camps. There are currently 21 members, but the group would like to boost that number to 32.

I’ve personally hunted some of this area and it is definitely pretty country with great genetics for big deer. Alan tells me the crew are all tight-knit and the camaraderie is second to none. He said the recreational opportunities for members and their families do not end with deer hunting — there are miles of roads and trails for everything from hiking to cross country skiing to snowmobiling.

To find out more, or to take a tour of the property, contact Alan Huggard in Wevertown at (518) 251-3563.

John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications and an avid outdoorsman. His column appears regularly. He can be reached at johng@denpubs.com

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