Deer are on the move.

Hunters, wildlife watchers and many motorists now see a peak presence of whitetail deer crossing fields - and way too many roadways - while seeking or seducing mates.

In the most recent report from Craig and Neil Dougherty at North Country Whitetails, the duo noted early this past week, “We are clearly in the ‘hunter’s rut’ characterized by a significant uptick in buck activity. We predicted 10 days of (this activity), so if you are going to be out there this week, you should see some action.”

Dave “Forrest Fisher” Barus of East Aurora saw action, passing on four smaller bucks to take a hefty seven-pointer on Monday evening. Barus writes, “He came out of nowhere at 5:40 p.m. (I took) a 31-yard shot, my longest ever.” His deer, with a dressed out weight of about 155 to 160 pounds, snapped a hoist rope.

Archers are now out in search of record-book buck prospects and personal trophies at the peak of the rut run during bow season; gun season (for shotgun and where rifle-hunts are allowed) begins at sunrise on Saturday.

Elk outing

Jack Coad of South Buffalo, panelist during the Safari Club International meeting Wednesday, and five other Western New York hunters had a successful elk hunt with W3 Outfitters in Craig, Colorado this fall.

Coad had been on two previous elk hunts without a score, but this year he used his Knight KP 1 .300 Win Mag to down a big bull with a 5x5 rack. After that kill, he observed seven more legal-sized bulls (sporting at least four points to a side), four spike bulls, and 20 cow elk file by him within 50 yards of his calling site.

Jim Steele of Alexander organized the trip and took a 6x5 bull. Bob Sessman of East Aurora and Brian Couzens of Hamburg both took 5x5 trophies. Rich Fliss of Varysburg tagged a cow; Ron Sessman of Akron passed on smaller animals but saw many bulls and good cow kills.

The hunt went so well that three bulls and two misses were logged on the first day of the hunt with W3 Outfitters.

Hunt helpers sought

Safari Club International organizers are looking for hunters to assist during the first annual SCI Wounded Veterans Hunt Weekend to be held in the Barker area Nov. 24-25.

The Saturday hunt will be for deer; on Sunday the veterans hunt pheasants.

Breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be served each day.

Planners are also arranging for future fishing trips and other outings.

If you are interested in volunteering assistance, check with Jim Monteleone at email:

Youth writers sought

New York Outdoors News and Cabela’s are sponsoring a Youth Writing Contest for kids in two school-grade categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and Junior (grades 6-8).

Entrants can submit prose or poetry on an outdoors-related topic in less than 1,000 words. Entries can be typed and mailed or sent electronically (the encouraged version). The entry deadline is Friday.

Mail submissions to: Paula Piatt, Associate Editor, NYON, P.O. Box 248, Elizabethtown, NY 12932-0248 or email: