Those are some great bucks. Imagine if we had APRs or a gun season that wasn't so long. Not many from the northern zone, I knew I wanted to move south.
Joe welcome to the posting side of the forum and thanks for this post;it is very encouraging.
Chummer buddy do not get excited because Steuben and Ulster county shoots bucks with antlers that dwarf ours by a landslide. I "ain't movin" and likely neither are you. We have it all right here! IT IS NOT SO BAD! The body size of our bucks is more than acceptable anywhere in the country. Bucks dressing over two hundred pounds is not that shabby.
I attended a presentation ten or fifteen years ago by Charles Alsheimer who showed the progression of antler sizes for the deer he was hunting and taking in his home farm in Steuben county. The racks in the beginning of his journey were pitiful. He told how he let bucks go, improved his habitat and eventually got the neighbors to do the same thru co-ops. Eventually his co-op started growing 150 inch deer! As word and the movement spread in his area others followed his lead. While he was a catalyst in his area there were others in other areas and counties as well. Today that county and other counties shoot tremendous deer regularly. This took time;Those counties were once where we are and even as weak as we were ten years ago.
Definitely 150 inch deer would not have happened in his area and others without his efforts as well as other like minded people who got others on board with "provide the best habitat and let them grow thinking". Its up to us to seek out like minded people and get that same process of recruiting others with the same goals. We must take chances and educate others to improve our entire area. We can do this . I'M CERTAIN OF IT. We are not alone;there are lots of other people in our area already thinking this way.
You and I are not alone but we can be the catalysts to get like minded people in Jefferson county together to make it happen. Someday people will say man what deer they shoot up north!