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Two weeks ago I moved my trail camera in front of a stand location I usually hunt in the late season to see what was in the area. Luckily for me, the deer are still using the area quite frequently. One thing I did notice though is that two different deer were looking up into the tree where I’ll be sitting so I hope they’re not looking for a hunter! It is possible that the deer is checking the wind, however, every time I’ve hunted this area the wind has come from the deer’s back so that’s probably not what’s going on unless the wind was swirling on this particular day.

This seems to be one of the only fawns in the area. I don’t know if there were other fawns that didn’t make it or if some does didn’t get bored. There is a very high density of deer in this particular area and they exceed the carrying capacity of the land which is most likely why this doe has one fawn instead of two. The fawn has grown considerably since I first got pictures of it four weeks ago.

This was an interesting picture, to say the least! I think this is the same buck I had under my stand one-day last season. He looks to be about the same size now as he was last season and has two more months to grow so he should be a nice 6 pointer by the time September rolls around. He still has a few more seasons of growing left.

This is the buck I’ll be waiting for! He’s a nice wide 8 pointer right now and I’m hoping he turns into the 10 pointers I got pictures of late last season. This deer is also looking up into the tree that I will be hunting in. I’m starting to think that maybe I should find another tree!

You can see the rest of the buck’s points much better in this picture. He was feeding on some vegetation about 15 yards away from my tree stand. Last year, I shot two bucks during the late season in almost the exact same spot give or take a yard or two.

I have an idea of how this buck is moving through the area so I’m going to continue moving my trail cam around the property until I can pinpoint his travel route to increase my odds at harvesting him this fall.

Trail cameras are a great way to keep tabs on the deer in your area without spreading excessive scent on your hunting grounds and spooking game. The cameras allow you to come up with a rough estimate of how many deer are in your particular area and what the buck to doe ratio is like.

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Putting together the Hitlist for the 2014 Bowhunting Season

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Trail cams are running and big bucks are showing up. Time to put together the hit list for the upcoming archery season.

This year is shaping up to be a good one! Several good bucks have shown up on trail cam and hopefully, I can catch up with one of these deer during the season – the Tall Tine 8 pointer (pictured above) would be an awesome encounter.

I’ve been setting cameras along travel routes and focusing on trails between bedding and feeding areas as well as pinch points such as creek crossings. So far the strategy has paid off and I’m catching the same deer on multiple cameras which has given me more insight on how they travel this property

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Another nice deer on camera has be the Crooked G2 Buck. He’s got great mass and fairly symmetrical rack with long sweeping main beams. He’s going to be a tough one to pass up.

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Then there’s Wide Guy with great mass and width, but weak brows and G3’s. This buck is similar to the wide 8-pointer I took last year during rifle season. There’s no doubt this is a great deer, but I’d like to pass him up.

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I rarely get 10 pointers on my hunting properties so I was pleasantly surprised to see this guy. This one is going to be tough for me. I think this buck could use another year, but there’s no way any of the guys hunting the surrounding properties would let him walk. Do I shoot him or do I let him walk? I guess it all depends on whether or not the Tall Tine 8 shows up first.

I have a lot to look forward to this season and still have a few areas to scout. Who knows what else will show up on camera, but there are still a few big bucks from last season who haven’t showed up. Hunting season can’t get here soon enough.

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Trail Cams Tell the Story of My Halloween Buck

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Trail cameras are an invaluable information gathering tool for deer hunters, they tell the story of the deer and give you a look into their habits and home range.

On Halloween morning I was fortunate enough to connect on a mature 9 pointer in Westchester County. It’s my biggest buck and a buck my brother didn’t know he had on trail camera until he pulled a card from a card on another property a few days after I arrowed the buck (you can read the story on NY Antler Outdoors and NYBowhunter.com).

The day I arrowed this buck you could just tell his testosterone was through the roof. Every tree in sight was being rubbed and torn to shreds. He was looking for a doe – or a fight. The trail camera pictures from the day before I shot the deer show him trailing a doe and looking for love. It was a sure sign that the bucks were losing their patience and the rut was about to get underway.

What’s really interesting about these pictures is that they’re not from the same property we were hunting on Halloween morning, but a different neighborhood that the woodlot we were hunting connects to. The buck was over 700 yards away from where I ended up getting a shot at him. Just goes to show you how big the home range of these animals are – even when we’re hunting tiny suburban woodlots.

A lot of times I wonder where these bucks that show up on trail cam in the summer ‘disappear’ to, but the truth is these deer have home ranges much larger than the size of the woodlots I have permission to hunt. It was cool to get these pictures of my buck and get a little idea of how he was using the land. Its information we can use to our advantage next year as we try to put another mature buck on the ground.

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Big Bucks on Trail Cam During the October Lull

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Trail cameras allow me to pinpoint when bucks are moving and tell me which stands to hunt and what times to hunt them.

On Sunday, October 6th at 6:38 pm this big-bodied, heavy antlered whitetail walked within 20 yards of my stand. This is a Pennsylvania buck so there’s no hunting on Sunday and he seems to know this. The good news was it motivated me to stick it out on the stand for the rest of the week – the bad news was after 25+ hours on the stand I only saw one deer and it was a spike at last light.

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