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Hunting the far side | Notes from the North Woods

The possibilities for finding a place all to yourself are seemingly endless. While there are many camps located along major rivers such as the Hudson, the Schroon, the Grasse and the Raquette; there are still thousands of miles of lesser rivers and streams that are rarely prospected by hunters.

Over the years, I’ve floated the Boquet River during the hunting season several times, and though I saw deer, I never had the opportunity to take a shot.

River corridors also create convection currents, which helps dissipate human scent. As water flows downstream, air currents flow upstream which makes it easier to fool a deer’s nose.

Sandy riverbanks also capture evidence of tracks, stream crossings and runways, which provide hunters with a potential location for a stand.

Yet, the most distinct advantage is likly the lack of competition. Fewer hunters means less pressure. Deer are likely to be less wary, and the chances of encountering other hunters is diminished if you travel over to the “Far Side.”

Archery in schools program hits bullseye

Recently, the the International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) and the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) announced the two organizations would be launching a “NASP IBO 3D Challenge” at next year’s NASP Nationals.

The wildly, successful program recently established a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of archers in a single location at last years at the National Archery in the Schools National Championships..

For archery enthusiasts, the opportunity for youth to participate in IBO 3D competitions will allow to more kids to get involved in the sport of the archery.

For several years there has been growing interest among the NASP leadership and the IBO to provide students with a 3D venue for national competitions.

Recently, the International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) and the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) announced they will launch the “NASP® IBO 3D Challenge” at next year’s NASP® National Tournament which draws over 10,000 young archers to participate in the annual event.

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

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