FEATURED HUNTER: Bruce Harris Bruce Harris leased his Cortland County, New York Base Camp property so he could “control his own destiny” after many years of hunting in New York on public land. As Bruce explained, “New York has a long season and lots of people, so deer don’t tend to get any age on them.”
Bruce said he has been reviewing the available BCL leases for many years before finally getting the ideal property only 10 miles from his home. “It’s been great to have my own place to hunt with only 4 hunters on the property. We’ve even become friends with the golf course manager of the adjoining property.” The highlight of Bruce’s hunting career has been hunting with his son. “In Illinois this year, I had a book deer within 20 yards. I couldn’t get an arrow into him and my son got him the next day.”
Like many hunters, Bruce started hunting with his father as a young boy. “My father grew up during the depression and hunted to help support his family. He would also fish and trap. Age 14 was the legal age then and that’s when I started hunting. I could only hunt small game at the time. I’ve been hunting for 49 years.” Bruce took his first deer with an old browning and blew his hoof right off, then chased him around for 10 hours. As Bruce explained, “sites on guns were awful back then and a little off. Thank goodness they’ve improved.”
Trophy hunts other than whitetail have included getting 3 bear in Alberta, an antelope and mule deer in Wyoming, a 6×6 elk in Montana, and a South Dakota mule deer. He looks forward to seeing the young bucks age on his current lease. Next on the bucket list, “I’ve been doing pretty well on my list. Maybe a moose.”
Watch an in depth interview by Paul Sawyer from our Partners at Whitetail Properties on EHD with QDMA’s Brian Murphy.
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is pleased to report that hemorrhagic disease (HD), including EHD and bluetongue virus, seems to have taken a summer vacation in 2014, and the danger of a serious outbreak this year has now passed. Transmitted by biting gnats, the disease usually hits deer hardest in late summer and early fall, especially in unusually hot, dry years. Watch interview.
It’s February. I Guess That Means I Have to Shed Hunt.
I am not a fan of February. How can I be? Deer season is long over, football is gone for 8 months, Valentine’s Day is around the corner and snow and ice are covering everything on our lease. It’s about this time every year that cabin fever sinks its claws in me and makes me feel like a prisoner in my own home. But mercifully, February does offer one option to watching reruns of “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” Read more.
Washburn County, WI 50 acres $2,250 Max Hunters: 4
Turnkey hunting property in Washburn County. 50 acres with a very nice cabin to stay in along with several enclosed blinds for you to use with shooting lanes already cut. There is a private lake and agriculture on 3 sides. Combine that with plenty of deer sign and thick bedding areas on the property all of which should help to make this a very nice hunting lease. There is a great road system running through the property to make for easy and quiet access into your stands. Landowner is a great guy and will certainly help watch over things while you are not there. All legal game is yours to hunt except bear. Respectful use of ATV okay for hunting related activities. Food plots are also okay in non-agricultural areas of the property. Cabin is for your use, but landowner would like a call prior to you coming on the property. If you want to add more acreage, landowner also has property #6414 you may want to consider if available. Read more.
Introducing New York Leasing Agent: Brian PierceBrian was born and raised in upstate New York where he grew up hunting and fishing. He recently retired after a very successful 29 year Army career as a Command Sergeant Major. His Army career has enabled him to hunt whitetails in New York, Illinois, Missouri, and Kentucky. He was fortunate enough to take a beautiful African Oryx while attending the Sergeants Major Academy located at Ft Bliss, Texas. His main passion is bow hunting the whitetail deer. Brian also loves chasing coyotes with hounds in upstate New York, fishing for big Walleyes on the St Lawrence River or ice fishing Northern Pike and big Perch in the winter. He is a year round outdoorsman. He has 2 sons who he enjoys hunting with as often as possible. Brian can be contacted firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connor is the Marketing Manager for Base Camp Leasing and has been with them for over 5 years. Connor lives in Indiana and enjoys the outdoors whether it's fishing, riding his quad or sitting around the campfire. When not working or outdoors, you can find him rooting for his sports teams.