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Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Warren, Pa - Clarion Co. Camp
Re: New York State Hunting Lease!!
Got up to take a look at the property yesterday. Spent a good four hours driving and hiking around in the rain with my buddy Steve. Very nice property with tons of potential. Here's my take on the lease and it's habitat/potential.
Nice property. Big woods clear-cut type land....steep hills, rolling hill and benches and nice tops and bottoms. Every stage of growth from what looks like it was cut last fall to mature white & red oak stands. Not a ton of heavy trails right now(It's June....deer just don't travel like that this time of year), but looks like a fair number of deer around based on browsing activity/scat/tracks. Saw a big doe cross the road in front of us as we entered the property and we jumped two bucks together on a short hike....looked like twins, both showing brows, G1ís and turning forward with big bulbs on the ends. I was surprised to see them so far along! I had my camera, but it was in the dry truckÖ.I doubt I could have gotten a snap anyway but I probably could have gotten it turned on before they were gone! We also came across a couple piles of bear scat and found some bear tracks in the mud in a different location so there's bears there too. Wasn't really looking for turkey sign at all, but I'm sure they're around as well.
Overall, I think itís a nice chunk of land. Good diversity when it comes to the cuts. Stable mast producing stands with white and red oak, some hickory and beech. Plenty of cover. We only really touched a small piece yesterday, but from what I saw of that Iím happy with it. Thereís a whole ridge that I think is accessible by foot only that we didnít hike into, but looks like mature timber....probably oak in there, I plan to check that out next time Iím up. I especially liked the limited access....thereís not a giant network of roads to every nook and cranny so getting away from the truck doesnít just get you that much closer to the next road. There are ATV trails on the property and some might take you into the harder to get to places....I just don't know yet. I'm planning on taking my mt. bike next time and cover those trails to figure out where they all go.
I'll add another kudos to John. I've been on a lease with him in the past and I can assure you he's a stand up guy. Matter of fact, I'd still be on that lease if it was closer to me. This property will no doubt be run by the members, for the members. John's likely the hardest working, most selfless guy I've ever known....he'll bend over backwards to make sure all of us members are getting what we want out of the property. Donít hesitate to ask any questions....if I can answer them I will. I'm also only about a half hour from the lease so if anyone wants to take a look at it I'd be more than happy to show it.
You really under estimated the ramifications of the boondoggle you have just perpetrated!