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  1. thejigger

    Late season waterfowl numbers

    We have hunted Cayuga on the days the wind is right. The Bluebills that have been here all fall are still here and there are a good amount of Redheads and Cans also. The big ducks seem to be spread out due to the unusually warm and wet weather. The reports I have heard from Seneca seem to be the same as Cayuga. Because both lakes are so big, other hunters may be seeing something different. Owasco has nowhere near the number of birds on it compared to years past. I have heard Keuka and Coneseius have a good amount of divers.
  2. thejigger

    Late season waterfowl numbers

    Hello Kevin. There are a decent amount of divers on the bigger Finger Lakes but the number of big ducks seem to be down. Because of the lack of really cold weather and the high amount of rain and snow melt, there are still a lot of areas of open water the big ducks are using.
  3. thejigger

    Changes for 2019-2020

    Hope everyone had a safe and successful first half and has a safe and successful second half. By now the everyone should know the changes to the Mallard limit for 2019-2020, 2 mallards instead of 4. The Atlantic Flyway council has also changed the goose season for 2019-2020; It is a 30 day season with a 2 bird bag limit. The September season has not changed and I am not sure if changes were made to the South zone. The way the waterfowl seasons are decided has also changed, 2019-2020 waterfowl season dates will be decided partially by the results of the survey sent out to hunters and recommendations made by the respective task forces. The survey results are in and the task forces have made their recommendations, the DEC should have season dates available in late February.
  4. thejigger

    Legacy- 2018 Deer Season

    The logic I try to use with my wife of 23 years about hunting so much is if the shopping season was 60 days long, I wouldn't see her much either. Never seems to work, but she deserves a medal. Wives, who don't hunt or fish, and put up with husbands who do as much we do, are very special people.
  5. thejigger

    Legacy- 2018 Deer Season

    1 buck rule and a shorter gun season is the way to go.
  6. thejigger

    Pheasant opener

    The coop is located on rt 90 just north of King Ferry. This year they have 9 areas open for pheasant hunting. You need to call at 1 o'clock the day before you want to hunt to reserve an area. It can be tough to get an area depending on the number of people calling. They stock birds 2 times a week in each area.
  7. thejigger

    Pheasant opener

    Another successful pheasant opener. I hunted the Tompkins Cayuga County co-op on stand-by and killed 2 roosters. I was hunting with my 11 year old Brittany and my 8 month old lab puppy. The Brittany Started the birds, which were together, and after 2 shots the lab retrieved them to me. The puppy is doing awesome and has a master bird hunter to follow around the field and learn from. Tomorrow I will be hunting with my son and we are both looking forward to spending time together. Good luck to everyone chasing game and be safe.
  8. I took my 14 year old son waterfowl and pheasant hunting this weekend. The spot we hunted dicks and geese yesterday was full of birds 2 days before, but the hunting yesterday was slow. I brought him and 2 friends to the Cayuga Tompkins County CO-OP today. The DEC and Falcons Sportsman Club stock birds in the morning. We put 11 roosters up over my 12 year old Brittany and the kids killed 5. 12 kids total hunted and everyone had a great time hunting on a beautiful day. With hunting numbers declining, it is great to see young hunters taking advantage of the opportunities provided by sportsman clubs and other organizations.
  9. thejigger

    Legacy- 2018 Deer Season

    My 14 year old son killed his first deer Saturday night during the youth hunt. The buck, a 2 1/2 year old spike, was 140 yards away coming to the doe decoy we had out. He pulled a beautiful shot with a Savage 243 and the deer only went 50 yards. I killed my first deer with the bow at age 14 and have been hunting deer 34 years, killed bucks in 4 different states along with countless deer in New York. Nothing compares to what I experienced watching my son kill his first deer. It was 74 degrees when we got him home and I was never so happy to have a fridge in the garage to put the meat in. Take a kid hunting and fishing, it is amazing what you can learn from them.
  10. The fish on the left is a coho, the anal fin is a dead giveaway
  11. thejigger

    Amped up for honker season!

    We only hunt the water in September and tend to see smaller flocks returning due to either being shot at in the fields or taking off from the fields at different times.
  12. thejigger

    Amped up for honker season!

    Bring it on! Seeing geese everywhere.
  13. Awesome story! Congratulations!
  14. thejigger

    Owasco and Sandy Pond 5/7 and 5/8

    Fished Owasco on 5/7, dropped a walleye behind the boat and boated one around 6lbs. The fish came on Rapala glass shad raps in black and perch pattern trolling the east shore. Fished Sandy Pond on 5/8, caught 2 walleyes early trolling Rapalas, black and silver and haymaker pattern, then picked another one up slow trolling spinners and worms in 14 ft.
  15. Fished solo this morning. Put in at the Park and went west. Went 9 for 11 in 5 hours, all the fish were browns and were released. 36 to 37 degree water, Stinger NBK and A.S.S Chart Alewife were the spoons and JR Thunderstick, pink with a green back and also perch pattern. Fun fun fun