The Salerno Brothers
Maybe one of the Adirondacks' best kept secrets, the Salerno family, has been taking big bucks from the Adirondack Mountains since the late 1940's. Each Salerno has successfully taken a buck weighing more than 200 pounds and some as much as 232 pounds dressed!
The Salerno Brothers (Paul Sr. and Pat Sr.) began hunting after World War II, their tradition and legacy continuing to this day. The rest of their hunting family consists of Paul Jr., Randy, Tim, and Dustin.
Some of the Salerno hunting skills and tactics were featured in the Northeast Big Buck Club and New York Game and Fish Magazine. The latter publication referred to them in the July 2005 issue as “New York State's First Family of Deer Hunting" – a title they modestly accept despite their incredible feats. When the Salernos are asked how they achieve such success, the answer is always the same, "It's the old fashion way, we earn it."
The consistent harvesting of large bucks has always been characteristic of this Adirondack family.