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EFFECT OF THE BUCK AND DOE LAW How the buck and doe law is .working out in the Adirondaeks is told by n sportsman in a recent letter to the New York Sun. He says: "All my boyhood was spent oil the southern edge of the Adirondaoks and most of my spare time was passed in following the trout streams in the spring and tramping, the wpods in. the fall with dog aiid gun looking for grouse and enjoying the sunshine and wonderful bright, clear, crisp air. "I have alweys kept in touch with my old home and last week received a report from the game warden of the district in" which I lived covering the deer shooting this fall up to November 1. As this bears directly on the buck and doe law it may be of general interest. . . "The report states that in this one district 200 deer have already been killed, of which 115 were does and 50 bucks. If this slaughter continues the deer will soon be extinct. "I am told that a good deal of alarm is being felt and that a close season for one or more years is already being considered as being absolutely necessary to put the deer herd back in the condition it wasjjofore the hunting season opened this year. "The "trainers of the present law may or may not be nblo to prove- .that it is theoretically correct, but practically it is wrong, if for no other reason than that does Are much more easily killed than, bucks; "Bucks at this time of the year are wild, staying back in the inaccessible and thickly wooded portion of the hills, while the does wander more in the open and expose themselves mu?h more to the hunter. "The best hunting weather comes after November 1, when the- leaves are all off and the first light tracking snow has fallen. "These favorable conditions attract many more hunters to the woods than go in early, so that probably twice as many deer will bo killed in the last half of the season than the first half. "The many inexperienced hunters in the woods this year have caused a. great number of fatal accidents. I am told that - twenty hunters have been fatally injured1 and nearly forty more or less seriously hurt."