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Scattershots | Notes from the North Woods

Avoid sitting on the bare ground whenever possible, especially in grassy areas. Look for a log to sit on, or use a strap on seat that attaches to a tree.

Take the time to shake out your hunting clothes when you return home, and be sure to inspect for ticks. Don’t take it lightly, Lyme disease is no joke, and it can easily be contracted around here.

Don’t answer that phone

The law has been on the books for years, and many hunters are aware that two-way radios can’t be used to give the location of a game animal for the purpose of taking such animal.

However, the law also prohibits the use of any other “electronic communication device,” which includes that ‘damn cell phone’ which has likely spooked more than a few deer this year.

And for those nimble-fingered hunters, who believe a text is not the same as a call, you’d be wrong.

Tipping over a deer, which you only realized due to the tip in your ear is not considered a “fair chase’’ harvest.

I know some will disagree with such a statement, but many years later as you recount that hunt, there will always be a lingering ‘what if’ when you stare at that big rack on the wall.

Fling that sling, and other common mistakes

It happened many ears ago, but I remember it like it occurred yesterday. I was walking out of the woods with my deer rifle slung over my shoulder. I hadn’t really given up on the hunt, I was simply too lazy to carry the gun in my hands.

As I made my way through a thick patch of small pines, I jumped a real “racker.” It was only a few feet away, but by the time my gun was unslung it was gone, disappeared into the thick cover.

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

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