York State has great variety of big game hunting opportunities.
Along with this are many regulations and occasional changes that
hunters need to be aware of. Hunters can always call their local
environmental conservation police officer with questions or call
into the Watertown Headquarters Office weekdays at (315)
785-2231. Many of the basic questions about big game hunting are
answered on a DEC web page at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/
8305.html called "Deer and Bear Hunting
Masyn Stephenson spotted this deer for his uncle Adam.
Masyn actually found the blood trail and the deer. He's going to
make a good hunter when he gets older.
Kolton Hunter, 7, and his luck hats helped score this
4-pointer on Nov. 5 in the big woods of the Adirondacks near the
Alec Rowsam shot this 6-point on Nov. 6 on his grandpa's
land in Martinsburg.
Steve Byers, Cape Vincent, took this nice 11-pt buck
using his muzzleloader on Nov 3rd.
On Nov. 5, Liane Brown took this 7-point, 18.5 inch
spread buck on family land in the town of Rodman with her .243
John Lillie with a 9-point, 190-pound buck shot on Nov. 5
in the town of Lorraine.
Scott VanRy, Sandy Creek, with an 8-point, 22-inch spread
shot Nov. 5 in Orwell.
Kyle Busby shot this 9-point on Oct. 28 in the town of
Henderson weighing in at 210.2lbs.
Kalin, 6, of Rutland with her first assist. She helped her
Daddy, Will, by spotting this 145 pound doe at 7:55am
on November 1st while hunting with him behind the house. She
picked this doe for him to shoot out of the four that walked in
front of them.
Bob Bisig Jr. shot this 11-point buck from his "Blue
Jay" stand in Henderson, NY. Shot with his Remington 270
while hunting with his wife, Kim and son, Rob, Nov 2, 2016.
Corwin Christman shot this 8-point opening morning of muzzler hunting
with his dad in Castorland.
Debbie Marriot-Briot shot this 8-point buck weighing 200 pounds on Oct.
29 in Barnes Corners.
Patrick Roberts shot this 8-point, 178-pound deer on Oct. 23 in Pamelia.
Double reds, second
of the season. -- Jamie Bray
Zachary Steiner shot this 14-point, 200-pound buck on
Oct. 7 with a 30-year-old compound bow near Burrville.
Natalie White, 13, Cape Vincent, traveled to PA with her
step dad for the early youth season. Even though she was dealing
with heavy rain and winds she was able to take her first deer.
236 pound 8 point shot 10/23/16 in the town of Pamelia. --
Scott Topping of Watertown, on Sept 17,2016 while hanging
tree stands for the up coming deer season in Croghan early bear
season harvested this black bear using his Marlin 30/30.
Greg Peebles shot this 7 pt, 140 lb buck in the
Copenhagen area. Pictured with grandfather Gerald Borland.
Cody Steria, 15, took this 8-point, 180-pound buck during
youth weekend in the town of Martinsburg.
Amanda Craig with her first deer taken with her bow on
Oct. 9 in the town of Hounsfield.
Michael Hibbard, Watertown, with 175lb 8 pt taken
with a bow on Oct. 12.
Sofia Perkins, 14, Dexter, took this doe with one shot at
75 yards with a .243 on Oct. 8 in Theresa with her
Zack Steiner shot this 14 point, 200-pound buck with bow
on Oct. 7 in Burrville. It was his first deer with a bow and the
biggest the Steiner family has ever taken.
Grant Gardner, 15, with his first deer of 2016. 8-point,
148-pound taken with a bow on Oct. 6 in the town of
Alyssa O'Connor, Lowville, with her first deer taken at
Balsam Flats with her father.
Shelbie Alguire, 14, shot a 6-point buck on Oct. 9 during
youth hunting in Macomb.
Dustin Sepko, Black River, with 160lb 8 pt taken with bow
on Sept. 28 near his home.
Jason Byers of Cape Vincent shot this 9pt buck on the
second day of Ohio's archery season while hunting with his dad
who captured the whole hunt on video.
Chase Levensailor, 11, Forestport, shot first bear in
Maine with his father. 150 pounds
On Nov. 16th at noon, Curt Christman of Lowville downed
this six point while walking back to the truck after sitting in
the Castorland swamp all morning. Curt figured if this little
guy wanted to ride in his truck that bad, why not!
Alex Thomas, Watertown, shot this 8 point on Nov. 14
while hunting on his property in Watertown. Hours later his dad,
visiting from Vermont, got a small buck in the same spot.
Jordan McConnell of Theresa shot this nice 8 point buck
on Nov. 15 his 16th birthday.
John Astafan III of West Carthage shot this nice 6 point
in the town of Denmark.
Goodenough of LaFargeville shot this 8pt buck on Nov. 14
outside of Depauville.
Colton Denny took his first buck in the White Swamp,
Alexandria Bay, on Nov. 11. It was an 8 point 190lbs dressed.
Kurt Munger of Lowville shot this 205 lb. 8 point in
Turin on the morning of Nov. 14.
Dave Edwards, Evans Mills, shot this 9 point 202 lbs buck
in Jefferson County on Nov. 8.
11/11/15 was the lucky day for Tom Gray hunting on his deer
preserve around the number four area of Lewis county just before
dark this 8 point came within shooting distance lucky for him
not so much for the deer.
Dakota Browne, 220lb, 8 point buck on Nov. 11, 2015
Chris Rinard. 9 point taken in Dexter with a 300 magnum
Eric Jewett- 8pt buck shot in town of Watertown
Taken by Shawn Susice Nov 5th 7:45 am bear weighed 405 lbs
dressed...shot just outside of Natural Bridge
Jaycee Reff shot this big 8 point buck on opening day of
youth hunting in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Jaycee used his
new 7mm-08 rifle and took this deer from his brother's tree
stand. Jaycee still wishes he was hunting back in Adams Center,
17 year old Nate Messick took this nice 160 lb 8 pt while
hunting with his dad on 11-4-15 just south of Watertown.
Nate used a Winchester Model 70 .308 taking the shot at about 50
yards. The deer ran about 40 yards and came to rest right
on the 4wheeler trail making for an easy recovery. While
headed out to hunt that afternoon, Nate said, “hey Dad, lets
switch stands tonight
to try and change our luck” Dad still doesn’t have a
Pat Phillips shot this 8-point 190-pound buck with a
Ruger 270 in Montague with family and friends on Nov. 7.
Jeffrey Soules shot this 8pt, 180lb dressed buck on Nov.
8 near his home in the town of Cape Vincent.
This 172 lbs 10 point was shot by Shaun Miller on
11/09/15. This rutting buck was shot with a 300 win mag.
right after making a scrape.
Cesar Portela, Stone Mills, shot a 9 point on Oct. 30. It
weighed 185. Was taken with 270 .
Edward Derby, Rodman, arrowed this buck in East Rodman
while sitting in "Brian's mom's stand". It is
his best archery kill to date. Special thanks to Brian's mom for
letting him use the stand.
Ashley Byers harvested this great doe on opening day
10/24/2015, in Theresa, NY using her trusty .243. Her father
captured it all on video while filming this hunt for the Forever
Wild Outdoors television show.
Chantal Briant of Henderson shot her first deer, a 3-point,
on a friend’s property in the town of Ellisburg on Halloween
night while hunting with her husband and good friends. The
buck was taken with her .243 Savage Axis at about 30 yards and
she made a perfect shot.
Gabriel Niles 15, shot this 10-Point, 200+ pound Buck
with his dad near Redwood.
Kaylee Goodnough shot her first 8-point on Nov. 2.
Alexis Gravelle, 17, Adams, shot this 7pt 140 lb buck on
Monday, Nov. 2, in Belleville while hunting with her boyfriend
Andrew Lennox. She is one happy girl with this one.
Kevin O'Brien: 160 lbs 8 point harvested morning of Nov 6
on O'Brien family farm. 1st buck. Shot with Remington Savage
Jim Christopher of Harrisville harvested this black bear
while bow hunting with Tony Bova at their camp in the Town of
Steve Soules, Watertown,rifle used, Cape Vincent Nov.7,
8-point, 170 pounds dressed.
Brian Soules, 16, shot this 8-point on Oct. 31 in Adams with a ruger
Zach Intorcia dropped this 8 point Buck while hunting with his dad in
Deer River. The deer weight was 162 lbs. Zac says there is nothing like that
sound of his deer dropping.
Kory Pearson took this 8 point Halloween evening with his dad in Worth
on family land.
Timothy Filiatrault shot this 8 pt. Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in
LaFargeville. This was his first buck using his new Savage 30-06. His father
called and minutes later this buck ran out about 50 Yds away from their stand
and Timothy took it down first shot.
Allyson Capone, Watertown, shot a nice doe during youth
weekend with her proud father, Aaron Capone, sitting next to
her. The doe was taken in town of Clayton. This is her second
Luke Jordan, 14, of Walla Walla, Wa., shot his first ever
buck the last day of bow season in the County of Walla Walla.
The 8-point buck weighed 150 lbs. with a 20-inch spread was shot
with a PSE bow.
Myron Swarts, Whitney Point, on 10/20/15 shot this 9 Pt
buck, 175 lbs by bow near St. Lawrence Park on the bank of the
St. Lawrence River.
Ken Flint, Sr., Beaver Falls, taken
on 10/24/15, 11-point, 15" spread, 170 lbs, shot with a
.308 caliber, Mark II Ruger.
This 154 lb 4 point was shot on 10/26/2015
in the town of Watertown by Randy Bump Jr., (originally
of Parishville). This was not his first buck, but it was the
first time that Randy successfully called a buck in with his
Brian Hull shot this nice 6-point buck opening day from
my tree stand on his brother-in-law's property. He dressed out
A 9-point buck taken by Frank Drohan, Dexter, with a
muzzleloader on the morning of Oct. 25 in LaFargeville. The deer
was just over 200 pounds dressed.
Randy Gould and his grandson Tyler shot this nice 6pt
162lbs near the family residents in the town of Rutland on
10/25/15 at 120 yds. His lucky grandson was very excited.
Caleb Miller, Sandy Creek, shot this 160-pound, 18 1/2
inch wide, 5-point buck with his muzzleloader for his first deer
on Oct. 24.
Grant Gardner, 14, Champion, with his first rifle deer.
The 190-pound, 8-point was taken during the evening watch while
hunting with his dad and cousin Andy Jr.
Grant Gardner, 14, Champion, with his first muzzleloader
deer. The 150-pound, 6-point was taken on opening morning while
hunting with his dad and cousins Andy and AJ.
Michael Holbrook, Lowville, shot his first deer on Oct.
12 while hunting with his grandfather during the youth hunt. He
used his new 7mm08 Thompson Center rifle. The doe was taken the
last few minutes of the hunt.
Alexis Hill shot her first buck opening day of bow, a 3
point at 115 pounds.
Collin Cring took his first deer during youth weekend
with his father, Joseph Cring. Collin made the impressive
250-yard shot with a 270 short mag near Sackets Harbor, NY.
Former Henderson, NY, resident Gary Shutts with his first mule
deer, and son-in-law KJ Karjola. Deer was shot on public lands
in the Oquirrh Mountains near Stockton, Utah, where he now
resides. Deer was shot with his 30 06 at 375 yards.
Tucker Bovee shot his first buck on opening day of youth
rifle. 6 point 147 pounds.
Chelsey Smith, Clayton, shot her
first deer, a 4-point, while hunting Oct. 19 with her grandpa
William J. Smith.
Keegan Wohnsiedler, 13, Harrisville, harvested his first
mule deer buck while hunting with his father near Sheridan,
Mike Comet of Lowville harvested this 4 point buck on the
opening morning of muzzleloader season near Glenfield as he was
surrounded by a flock of 38 turkeys.
Ashley Froedtert, 14, Dexter, shot her first deer Oct. 11 while hunting
with her dad and brother in Tylerville during the youth hunt weekend. Her
steady hand and patience allowed her to place the perfect shot at 101 yards
with her Ruger .243.
Kaylee Goodnough shot her first deer with a bow on Oct. 5 in Ellisburg.
A nice doe taken in the town of New Bremen
with the help of the Beck girls' tracking skills.
Shot with a bow in Lewis County. 15 point, and 200+ pound class
buck. -- Wayne Long
On the third night of the 2015 coyote season... a double near
Ellisburg. - J. Bray
Hart Grey, LaFargeville, shot this 9-point on Nov. 10 in the town of
Mason and his buddy Blake posed this 4-point shot by his stepfather.
Kory Pearson shot this 6-point on Nov. 24 after only hunting for 20
minutes. It was shot on family land in Worth with his dad.
Ashley Byers, Clayton, shot this doe on Nov. 15.
Elizabeth with a 7-point shot in Orwell.
Chris Warner, Watertown, shot this 8-point in Hounsfield with a browning
win mag 300 on Nov. 22.
Lawrence Booth shot this 9-point on Nov. 18 at Dansville. Sitting 15
minutes in stand and he came out. Base measures 6 inches. "My 65th
Ray Burdick, Henderson, shot his second nice buck of the season on Nov.
23. A nice 8-point weighing 180-pounds with thanks to his cousin Ed Morris for
helping him drag it out of the swamp.
Joshua Ryan shot this 12-point buck in Adams. Finally got his first deer
of the season.
Bill Slover, Rodman, shot this 10-point, 164-pound on Nov. 17 in the
town of Rodman. It was raining and the deer were moving before the snowstorm
Chris Davis, Mannsville, shot this 5-point buck on Nov. 21 approximately
45 minutes before dark while hunting state land in southern Jefferson County.
The buck dressed out at 127-pounds
8 point deer shot on Nov. 19 with a rifle by Alex Fuller,
Dylan Intorcia, 16, shot this 8 point chasing a doe on
Saturday, Nov. 15, in Auburn opening day of southern tier with
his buddy, Josh Jesmer.
Seth Ackley, 16, took this 6 point buck on Nov. 19 in the
town of Rodman while hunting
With his dad and brother.
Devan DeCicco, Watertown, took this spike horn buck with
a Savage 30-06, at 30 yards, on Sat. Nov. 15. It was his first
Pete Rose of Rodman was able to get this nice 7 point
just before the storm hit.
Stephanie Lane, Turin, shot her first deer on Nov. 16
from about 245 yards away with a lung shot. The doe was
harvested from family land on Tug Hill.
Paige Schraenkler, Rodman, with her first deer harvested
in the town of Rutland with her father's rifle at 150 yards! Not
a bad shot for her first deer
Bobby Costello, 14, of Alexandria Bay, shot his first
deer, an 8 pointer, after school on Nov. 17, in the town of
Davison shot this buck Nov. 11 in Macomb. 9pt, 190-pounds.
Rebeka Adams, 15, Dexter, harvested her first deer, a
spikehorn on Nov. 15 while hunting with her father.
Tyler Eckert, 15, of LaFargeville, shot his first deer on
Nov. 15. A 6-point,145 lbs
Tom Ross, Adams, gave this bruiser the powerball on
Opening Day of Southern Tier.
Nickolas Derouin, Theresa, shot this button buck on Saturday, Nov. 15,
dressing out at 95 lbs while hunting with his father, Rick Derouin in Adams.
The deer was shot at 30 yards and was his first ever deer. His father was very
proud of him.
Justin Petrie, 21, harvested this 8 pointer Saturday,
Nov. 15, in Orwell. Weighed in at 156 after the long uphill drag back to
Mike Clary, Carthage, shot this 165-pound, 6-point, on Nov. 16 in the
town of Champion.
Byers from Cape Vincent. Shot this 8pt on the morning of
Nov. 14 in the town of Rutland. Shot while videoing for Forever
Brandon Boulton, 16, of Sackets Harbor, shot this 160# 8 pt.
from right under his deer stand. Didn't even have his gun
loaded yet from getting into the deer stand when he saw it.
Bill Meyer got this monster on Nov. 15 in Croghan.
"Special thanks to my dad for gutting it."
Jason Bartlett, Henderson, shot this 8-point on Nov.
Ernie Prievo shot this 11-point, 140-pound buck on Nov.
Cassie Houppert, New Bremen, shot her first 6-point on Nov. 13 while
hunting with her father.
Mallory Cooley, Clayton, harvested her first 6-point buck on the morning
of Nov. 8 while hunting with her dad.
Allison Schlieder, 26, Lowville, shot this buck near Tug Hill on Oct.
Daisy Overton shot this 4-point while hunting on her grandpa's land on
Nov. 11. It's her second deer as well as her second buck.
Amber Neibacher, Carthage, shot her first deer on Nov. 2 while hunting
with her dad.
Noah Ingerson harvested this 200-pound, 8-point buck on Nov. 12 in the
town of Cape Vincent.
Caitlin Rose shot her first deer on Nov. 10 while hunting with her dad
and big brother. Dad couldn't be more proud.
Trevor Gibbons, 18, took this 188-pound, 8-point on Sun., Nov. 9, on
family land in Carthage.
Doug Fleischman, Adams, took this 8-point buck on Nov. 14. He dressed
out at 185-pounds with a 17-inch spread.
Alex Tibbles shot this 7-point buck Friday, Nov. 14, in Harrisville just
before dark. This is his first deer and he dropped it with a head shot.
Mike O'Shaughnessy shot this 175-pound, 9-point buck on Nov. 1 outside
Mike Cunningham, Oxbow, bagged this 9-point, 190-pound buck on Nov. 15
in Jefferson County.
Matthew Dano, 15, Boonville bagged his first deer on Nov. 11 near
Boonville. 15-point buck.
Ryan Gould shot this nice doe at 75 yards with his 243 in the town of
Rutland thanks to his dad.
William Camidge and his daughter, Jessica, got this deer on Nov. 1 in
the town of Harrisburg.
Garret Zich, Plessis, took this 9-point on state land.
Ryan Lane shot this 8-point buck behind his family farm in Turin.
Jordan Allen, 14, shot his first deer, a 6-point, on Oct. 12 during the
youth hunt while hunting with his grandfather Grant Davis, Richville.
Brandon Thomas, 15, Watertown, shot his first deer on Nov. 8 on his
great-grandmother's land. He was hunting with his father. The doe weighed in at
Noah Heath, 13, town of Alexandria, shot his first deer with a
Michael McGraw shot this 10-point on Friday, Nov. 14.
Elijah Johnson, Watertown, stationed at Malmstrom AFB, Montana, with his
first Pronghorn antelope. Dressed out as 155-pounds, 13-inch horns with solid
Bancroft of Watertown shot this beautiful 7 pt. on Nov. 2 in
the town of Watertown. it is his second deer, first with a
Sean Owney, 17, Potsdam, shot his fist buck in the town
of Potsdam on night watch Nov. 4. The buck is a 9 point.
241 pounds, whitetail 6 point shot 11-2-14, by 18 year old
Dakota Browne, Sackers Harbor. Deer was shot at roughly10 yards
with his rifle. Yes 241 pounds dressed...with a paddled set of
Owen McGuire, 14, with his first buck ever and second doe
of the season. Owen was hunting with Jody Garret and his Dad
(Charlie McGuire) at Lucky Star Ranch. Thank You Jody and Doreen
Garret for allowing us to hunt on your property!
Cesar Portela, along with son Andy's help in
harvesting this 8 point 195lbs buck on Nov. 1 in
town of Houndsfield Cesar was dosing off asleep while Andy
saw and alerted dad.
Randy Gould shot this 4 point in the town of Rutland on
November 1st with a 243 rifle at 150 yards.
Ashlee Sprowl, 17, Lowville, shot her first deer ever
Oct. 26 in Rutland while hunting with her father and brother.
13pts and 180-pounds.
Mackenzie McBride, shot this 6 point weighing 140lb on
opening day behind her house in Gouverneur.
Chris Soules, 16, of Adams, took this deer while hunting
with his dad and brother.
Shea Widell, 11, of Webster, with a nice 8 point taken by
his dad, Tom Widell, while the two were archery hunting on Nov.
1. Shea is the grandson of Rod and Karen Richmond,
Henderson, and is counting the days until he can be out there
Ambrose shot this nice 150lb 7 pt. at his hunting club on Tug Hill
Wesley Churchill shot this 185lb 8 point Nov. 2 out back of his house in
the town of Rutland.
Ralph Lowry for tv show Foreverwild Outdoors Adrenalne Adventures with his
first crossbow kill on 11-2-2014.
Glenn Sprague shot this 8-point, 180-pound deer on Nov. 2
Paige Leroux, Cramberry Lake, shot this 8 point buck weighing
150-pounds while hunting in Newton Falls on youth weekend. "This is the
first buck I have ever shot."
Nicole O'Connor, 14, Lowville, with her first deer during youth
weekend at the flats of Herkimer County.
Desiree Russell, Lowville went hunting on Oct. 22 with her husband Marc,
in the town of Watson and harvested this beautiful piebald spike buck with a
Eliza Branagan, 18, Croghan, took her first deer while muzzleloading on
Oct. 23 in Croghan.
A nice little buck shot by Ray Burdick on family land in the town of
Meryl Passage, Carthage, 7-point, 197-pounds.
Max Egan, 17, Lowville, shot his first ever buck muzzle
loading, with his Dad, in Martinsburg.
Nicholas Allen, 16, Clayton, shot his first deer of the
season on Oct.18 in the town of Cape Vincent.
Laurlyn Bush from Pennellville, harvested this 7
Point/150 lbs Northern Tier Buck Opening Day of the Muzzle
loading season. Shot with a custom L. Romano Rifle Co. 45
cal. patched round ball rifle on Oct. 18 at 5:20 p.m.
in St. Lawrence County.
James Scott Jr. shot this 4 pt with a Matthews crossbow
on Oct. 17 behind his residence in Deer River.
Brenda Cobb-Brucker, formerly from Lowville, now residing
in Holland Patent, NY. I shot my doe in Oneida
County in the town of Marcy on Oct. 16 with my PSE DNAsp.
Elly Gamble, 12, shot this deer in Owen County, Ky.,
while hunting with her dad during the youth firearms season.
Elly made a 150-yard shot with her 243 youth rifle.
Jamie Bray, Sackets Harbor, with first called coyote of
the season, taken in Ellisburg at the honey hole on Oct. 17.
Fone, 14 of Mannsville, harvested her first deer on family
land in Burrville on Oct. 12. She was accompanied by her
grandfather, Lynn Truesdell when she made a textbook shot to
take her 115 lb doe.
Kiley Perkins, 14, Adams, shot her first deer weighing in
at 115 lbs, on her first hunting trip ever, with her Grandfather
Paul Shelmidine on Oct. 12 in the town of Lorraine.
Ackley, 14, shot his first buck a 6 point during the youth
season on Oct. 11 in the town of Rodman.
Brandon Bancroft with his first deer, taken with a Matthew Craze bow on
Oct. 1 at town of Watertown.
Dawson Stuckey got his first deer on Oct. 11 while
hunting with his uncle Tim Monica during the youth weekend
Owen McGuire, 14, with his first deer. Owen shot this during the youth
season while hunting with his father Charlie McGuire in Adams on Oct. 12.
John H. Long, 14, Chaumont, with his first deer. The large doe was
harvested on Saturday, Oct. 11, in the town of Brownville during the 2014 Youth
Firearms Deer Hunt. The special hunt continues through sunset Monday and is
part of the NYS DEC Junior Hunter Mentoring Program.
425 lbs bear taken in town of Diana by Brenton Lawlee Sept. 13,
With help from Bernie Lawlee and Harry Mosley on retrieval.
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