But any controversy over the other two issues is lost on me. Let's start with the youth season. New York is no different than many other states; its hunting population is aging, and young-hunter recruitment has been a problem. So the DEC proposes an early-October weekend for 14-16 year olds to have an early and exclusive shot at whitetails, before the cold weather and circus atmosphere of the general firearms opener. This type of season has been tried with great success in many states and is a proven winner. Who can argue with that? I'll tell you who: short-sighted hunters who won't tolerate anyone--even a kid trying to kill his first deer--getting first crack at "their" buck.