Ideally located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region Whaleback’s terrain has something for every hunter: flat bird fields, rolling bush with edge cover, and mountainous areas of hardwoods for turkey and deer. Complete with streams and ponds, member’s campsites and a 5 mile trail system Whaleback’s 600 managed preserve acres are 2000 feet above sea level overlooking beautiful Canandaigua Lake. This is pristine land with the most beautiful 50 mile views.
At Whaleback Preserve, hunting is not easy but at our Private Preserve Club everything else is managed to perfection. That’s because Whaleback Preserve’s Hunting Land is beautiful, natural, and the game is wild and wiley. This is a Sportsman’s dream come true. Superb natural cover, planted food cover plots, and beautiful Landscapes. Private and safe hunting awaits members and guests with great upland hunting for Pheasants, Quail, Wild Turkey, and Whitetail Deer.
Whaleback Preserve has one stream with a damn and trout pond in the middle and one additional manmade pond close to our Clubhouse stocked with bass. Our trout pond is fed by the headwaters of the Clark’s Gulley and eventually flows into the West River and Canandaigua Lake. This natural stream enables self-sustaining trout spawning and keeps our trout population stable yearly. Breeders 24 inches are caught on deep wet fly or wooly buggers and occasionally on a “Sweet Whitcomb”. But trout of all sizes regularly jump for insects and dry flies on “Duck Lake” a peaceful and serine spot to cast or contemplate nature. One can camp on the side, watch hawks and ducks fly by, see deer and fox or just enjoy this scenic location.
Built in 2002 through 2004 by land owner Donald Lindsay this unique Whaleback treasure is in the head waters of the world famous Clark’s Gulley with 80 foot water fall.
Whaleback Preserve Club is managed for Pheasants but our wild Whitetail Deer herd non fenced all fair chase hunting is very good! Yates Country has one of the largest deer populations' per country in New York State. The deer population on South Hill, Middlesex, New York, has been one of the best genetic codes and most productive for quality whitetails over 2.5 years old Annually for over 30 years. QDM Mature Bucks in the 120 to 160 class range are sighted or shot. Members have a unique opportunity for first class deer hunting in addition to all other Club benefits. The Whaleback season follows the New York State Season for Bow, Rifle, and Muzzle Loader. Bear is also fair game in season but rarely seen in Fall.
Since 2005, the Club’s 70 owned and managed Ladder Stands, Ground Blinds and Rifle Shooting Houses for Bow as well as Rifle hunts. The Club allows 10 hunters per day for Deer Hunting. Except Opening Weekend of Gun Season, when the club manages all reservations and allows more hunters total. Advance Reservations are a must for all Deer Hunts, just like our reservation system for Pheasants our Deer Hunting Reservations must be made on line. Members may sign in on their unique member page in SignupGenious.com and request a time, date and location or call Bruce 585-943-4698 for assistance in making their reservations. There is a 72 hour minimum to reserve a deer hunt on line for members and rules apply for safety and privacy but the office will help on any requests with notice call 585- 943- 4698. Every member is accommodated based upon “first come first severed” and each hunt is tailored to your wishes to the best of our ability to balance locations and safety.
Since 2008 QDM land management plans were developed for our hardwoods. The largest Whaleback buck taken is a 154 class 10 point in 1998, but we annually see larger deer and sometimes bear on Camera Recorders! 1950 Class Dear were taken on the hill in 2012 and 130 to 140 is more normal for big bucks locally. Members may scout our woods and trail system by foot June through September. The Clubs owned tree ladder stands, ground blinds, and rifle shooting boxes are moved from time to time based upon safety considerations and balance for productivity by the management.
Deer Hunting Rules are managed for safety first, privacy second, and of course, the hope that members can get a nice doe deer or QDM Buck. Hunting Skill and time in the woods is all part of successful deer hunting. Like any sport you have to be there to score! Does are legal with tags. Whaleback allows 3 tagged deer in season per family member that can be 2 doe and a QDM BUCK or 2 QDM Buck and 1 Doe. One extra deer is allowed in the extended season. This is regardless of DEC RULES FOR OUR AREA. Whaleback is area 8-N on the D.E.C. map. Members must have proper New York State Licenses. Membership rules for deer hunting can be modified by the Deer Committee but are equal to all members.
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