Velvet Rut – 2015 1st Card Pull

15 Jun

Checking trail cameras is like Christmas in the summer.

Checking trail cameras is like Christmas in the summer.


Sunday morning after a month of soaking in the timber, I fought the hoards of mosquitoes and headed out to change the SD cards and perform a little trail camera maintenance. From a trail camera standpoint, last year was one of the best picture years I have ever had. I had several mature deer showing up on a regular basis to the mineral stations I had started at the beginning of the summer. With that said, I had high expectations when I sat down Sunday afternoon to flip through the 8000 pictures captured from my 4 cameras.


Used some Roundup to keep the weeds down and the to prevent pictures of the "wind".

Used some Roundup to keep the weeds down  and to prevent pictures of the “wind”.


Typically the first card pull is not the best. It isn’t until late July when the deer start moving back in to the area is when the cameras start heating up. Because I’m obsessed with these animals I like to have them out as soon as possible to watch them develop over the span of the summer. I get pretty excited when bucks that I hunted the previous season start to show up again. Zooming in on their face or body trying to identify characteristics that would allow me to identify who they are. Yesterday I was pleased to see that an old friend who we have 4 years of history with showed up again. This year I’m estimating him to be 6 or 7 years old. I don’t expect this deer to score worth a damn, but he will be wide and no matter how his antlers finish he will be on the top of my hit-list.



I named this buck Ryan Eyberg because one day while shed hunting Ryan found two matching sets from this buck from two different years . He also has a scary defining characteristic on his back legs that seem to not be affecting him.

Ryan Eyberg broadside... I hope I see this view at 20 yards!

Ryan Eyberg broadside… I hope I see this view at 20 yards!


The next set of pictures I got excited about was of a buck that had yet to shed all of  his winter coat. This makes it hard to judge his age based off body size, but his tarsal glands are stained and that can indicate a mature deer. Even though these pictures were taken halfway through May, you can tell by the bases and start of the brow tines that this buck is going to be a pig. I hope he shows up again so I can get a better look at his body and to see what his rack develops in to.



With huge bases and brow tines, this buck could turn out to be a non-typical monster.


I’m not 100% sure, but I think this buck is mature. What do you think?


Other than those two there were a variety of young bucks, a bobcat, a coyote, and the local mob of raccoon. I am already looking forward to the weekend after July 4th so I can check my cameras again. Hopefully by then some of the other deer from last year make an appearance. Until then I have plenty of other things I need to be doing to prepare for the upcoming season.


Of  all the deer on camera, this guy seems to be the furthest along.

Of all the deer on camera, this guy seems to be the furthest along. The date is wrong.

Good to see the little guys looking healthy.

Good to see the little guys looking healthy.


Thanks for reading,
Dan (DFW)

7 Responses to “Velvet Rut – 2015 1st Card Pull”

  1. Tom Waters June 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    If the one in question isn’t mature, he needs to go on Jenny Craig, what a beast!

  2. Taylor Renaudette June 15, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    I definitely think that is a mature deer, even though he still has most of his winter coat body wise in comparison to your other pictures he is a tank. Hope you can see him again in the near future.

  3. Charles Crowe June 15, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    Great camera pull! The NT will be one incredible animal to watch this summer into fall!! Ryan is no slouch either and with that rear leg injury I wouldn’t be surprised if something funky happens to his antlers as well!!

    • Dan Johnson June 15, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

      He has had that injury for the past 3 years… at least he still alive!

  4. Mark klein June 15, 2015 at 5:44 pm #

    WOW! I would be all over that non-typical. nice pics. good start for you!

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