Don’t get me wrong. I’d like to kill a big buck like most hunters. But, at the end of the day, I’m a deer hunter and does are exciting enough for me. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any doe tags during Opening Day weekend of gun season where I was & had to pass up on 3 large, mature does from 7 yards away. It got pretty up close and personal as these deer–one at a time–got so close I think they could see my eyes blinking. Each one would have put me further in the black on the deer meat ledger. Too bad. Hopefully, a buck will be in tow next time around.


May the Forest Be with You,



Ryan Trapani

Director of Forest Services

Catskill Forest Association