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I went up to the Adirondacks, but there was no snow and I only had one day. However, I found a clear-cut off an unmarked trail with signs of bedding areas near some evergreens and tracks in the mud. I hunted in a 1-mile circle around the area using my GPS. In the afternoon, I scouted other areas for future trips. What I love about the Dax is the lack of hunters and people. I didn't see anyone around, and I wasn't far into the woods. The parking lot was empty, and I stayed within 2 miles of where I parked the whole time.  I should add that I had to drive up one of those skechy side roads / logging roads to there for about 7 miles I saw no one except  just one  atv guy went buy the whole time  6j 5h 

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53 minutes ago, Phantom said:

I went up to the Adirondacks, but there was no snow and I only had one day. However, I found a clear-cut off an unmarked trail with signs of bedding areas near some evergreens and tracks in the mud. I hunted in a 1-mile circle around the area using my GPS. In the afternoon, I scouted other areas for future trips. What I love about the Dax is the lack of hunters and people. I didn't see anyone around, and I wasn't far into the woods. The parking lot was empty, and I stayed within 2 miles of where I parked the whole time.  I should add that I had to drive up one of those skechy side roads / logging roads to there for about 7 miles I saw no one except  just one  atv guy went buy the whole time  6j 5h 

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For a number reasons, not the least of which is the scenery, there is no place on the face of the Earth that I’d rather hunt, than the Adirondacks.  It is no small coincidence, that is where Teddy Roosevelt’s was and what he was doing, when he became this country’s youngest- ever President, at just 42 years of age.

We still have those Adirondacks, but now it looks like we are going to have a President, who is more than double that age. Ain’t that special.  

 

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The only thing harder to find than another hunter is a deer in the Adirondacks. 
 

Any able bodied fella that’s never took a gun for a walk during deer season in the big woods doesn’t know what they’re missing. Knowing you can walk as far as you want in any direction with no constraints other than your own fears is a damn good feeling!

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I have not hunted up there in years but started up there when I was first legal at 16. Went every year for a trip or two. I hunted years before I ever saw a buck up there lol. Not far from Paul Smiths.
Goal is to find a camp/ home up there and spend half year up there rest south. Hunt to my hearts content if not my freezers lol.

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The Adirondacks offer one of the few remaining places on Earth where hunting can be done freely, without the risk of encroaching on private land. It is an experience that every hunting enthusiast should endeavor to try at least once in their lifetime. Make sure you and the vehicle  are in good working order because your  cell phone probably not going to work up there . I went up there with just a lighter as my safety device forgot to  bring a back up campus in case something happened to the GPS others  make  lists of stuff to bring though not a bad idea . 

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The stark thing you become aware of up there is the quiet.  No vehicle noise no voices far off. Just woods.  I always enjoyed hunting up there and like Fletch said though I didn't enjoy the lack of deer.  Love a good still hunt on wet leaves.  

"it's pointless for humans to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it"- Ron Swanson

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1 hour ago, Robhuntandfish said:

The stark thing you become aware of up there is the quiet.  No vehicle noise no voices far off. Just woods.  I always enjoyed hunting up there and like Fletch said though I didn't enjoy the lack of deer.  Love a good still hunt on wet leaves.  

Yep and No cell phone single internet that tempts  you to play around with it when you should be concentrating on your surroundings.

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1 hour ago, Phantom said:

Yep and No cell phone single internet that tempts  you to play around with it when you should be concentrating on your surroundings.

There’s more and more cell service every year, this won’t be a thing much longer. I used to really enjoy calling home once a week to check in, now I can’t go a day without getting some service somewhere while hunting.

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6 hours ago, Buckmaster7600 said:

There’s more and more cell service every year, this won’t be a thing much longer. I used to really enjoy calling home once a week to check in, now I can’t go a day without getting some service somewhere while hunting.

 

6 hours ago, Buckmaster7600 said:

There’s more and more cell service every year, this won’t be a thing much longer. I used to really enjoy calling home once a week to check in, now I can’t go a day without getting some service somewhere while hunting.

I was up in Indian lake years ago and my cell phone worked.  I went right to the town supervisors house and botched about it.  Lol. He was also my brother in law.   I preferred no cell service, which means no work and phone off! 

"it's pointless for humans to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it"- Ron Swanson

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Where I hunt up there, not too far from camp Drum, the cell service is very good.  Too good in fact, and it definitely cost me a chance at the biggest buck I ever seen up there a few years ago, on a snowless rainy opening day of rifle season.  

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11 hours ago, Buckmaster7600 said:

There’s more and more cell service every year, this won’t be a thing much longer. I used to really enjoy calling home once a week to check in, now I can’t go a day without getting some service somewhere while hunting.

Maybe my provider just sucks up there without giving the exact location of where I was. I can tell you that as soon as I passed the town of Ohio, I didn't have any signal until I reached Caroga Lake on the east side of the park, down on Route 10. They say sometimes you can get emergency service from any service provider, but I didn't look or try. However, I'm sure eventually they will cover the whole area. You know, Big Brother wants to know where everybody is these days. It's just a matter of time.

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I have zero cell service at the cabins we rent each fall. 10 miles deep into the woods off dirt access roads I have not just cell service, but data service as well.

15 miles south where I've camped a few times now in primitive sites there's zero service in three forests that border the spot, West Canada Lake, Siamese Ponds, and the Jessup River.

I don't feed trolls.

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7 hours ago, DirtTime said:

I have zero cell service at the cabins we rent each fall. 10 miles deep into the woods off dirt access roads I have not just cell service, but data service as well.

15 miles south where I've camped a few times now in primitive sites there's zero service in three forests that border the spot, West Canada Lake, Siamese Ponds, and the Jessup River.

I've stomped around that Siamese area a bit myself.  Mostly fishing but hunting a few times.  Used to fish Lewey lake a lot.  Always wanted to fish the Jessup river but never got to it. 

"it's pointless for humans to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it"- Ron Swanson

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2 hours ago, Robhuntandfish said:

I've stomped around that Siamese area a bit myself.  Mostly fishing but hunting a few times.  Used to fish Lewey lake a lot.  Always wanted to fish the Jessup river but never got to it. 

I will usually hunt Siamese Ponds and WCL, but this year just the former. The last place I fished was Mason Lake back in September. One of the guys I was camping with was doing well landing smallies, I landed a few and took one back to camp for lunch. Abanakee has some good fish but gets a lot of pressure. I want to try the Cedar River this Spring, I hear there's some decent trout fishing in the area. There are also so many tiny lakes and ponds you could fish for a week and not fish the same place twice.

 

 

 

 

So, @Phantom whereabouts were you hunting up there?

I don't feed trolls.

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