I may have missed it in your previous post, but just how many acres do you own in Chenango County? I used to gun and Bowhunt Greene, Smithville Flats, German and McDonough, all in Chenango County. Other than the huge tracks of State Forest in those areas, there really weren't a lot of big acreage plots. The farms have all been broken up and sold to folks like yourself, absentee landlords. The push from downstate to buy southern tier properties has been overwhelming as far as Deer Hunting is concerned. If you own 100 acres in Chenango County, that's a pretty good sized piece by NY standards. Considering all the small parcels and the access to State Land off of them, you can't do anything with QDM as far as I'm concerned. You can't control enough property. Your neighbors are only neighbors during hunting season. We gave up on Chenango County years ago. Between your problem and the unbelieveable number of "Locals" who like to hunt all year long, l'd forget it. I hate to sound so negative, but I've lived it. Everyone wants 5 acres for a camp, backed up to a couple thousand acres of State Forest. It's a nice Idea, if you're the only one. If you could find 300-400 acres, like an old farm before the realators get at it, good luck! That is if you can pay 2-3 thousand an acre for hunting property. Even that might not be enough land to make a difference. We ended up moving our hunting pursuits over to Tioga County after Chenango and started leasing land. At one point our group had control of 1700 acres. Even then, the disention amongst the ranks killed that. If every landowner or lease didn't get their big Deer, they got concerned. After a few years, guys who did the leg work ended up on top at seasons end and the rest were jealous. Slowly, the whole deal fell apart. I still have access to about 600 acres between 6 landowners. One farm and the rest are small pieces. I don't lease anymore because of the problems you run into with money and friends. We did scout the farm last evening and saw a lot of Deer, but I stick closer to home now. I actually have it pretty good here with my neighbors. A few talk QDM, but late in the season that always turns to "I'm killing the next thing I see", since NY gives out way to many doe permits. Hey, it's NY. What can I say. Maybe if the DEC got off their butts and put some antler restrictions in place and thinned out the doe permits and D-map permits you might see an improvement. I don't know. Just don't drive yourself nuts trying to make it happen.
You could check into properties up around Otisco Lake. I see a ton of QDM posted signs every time we drive up there to fish. Or the co-op over around Kings Ferry, on Cayuga Lake.
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