Velvet Rut – Welcome Back Old Friends

28 Jul

If you’re not running trail cameras during the summer months, you’re missing out. Other than actually hunting, and up there with finding sheds, flipping through trail camera pictures for the first time is one of my favorite parts about the year-long obsession with these animals.

As I mentioned in the previous “Velvet Rut” blog, I had a couple trail cameras that mother nature decided shouldn’t take pictures. After removing my bug problem from the camera eyes I reset the cameras and let them set a week before heading back out to the field to make 100% sure they were doing what they are supposed to be doing. With last year being one of the best trail camera picture seasons I have ever had, I can honestly say I was a bit worried and disappointed at the outcome of the last card pull. But after checking those two cameras on Sunday… I might not be able to sleep at night because of the deer that are back in the area.

Here are the highlights:

The first buck I am glad to see back in the area is a deer I have a good amount of history with. On November 24th of 2013 on what could have been the best possible conditions as far as weather is concerned, I had an encounter with a buck I have now given the name 2 Pac. Long story short… It was the first time I had ever seen this buck and I instantly knew he was a shooter. I was trying to get the hunt on film and let him walk through two of my shooting lanes in order to get him on camera. At one point he was 15 yards broadside. As you can tell by the scar on his back above his hind quarters, I took a less than optimal shot and didn’t kill him.

 

Here is a screen shot from the footage of the encounter where I didn't kill him.

Here is a screen shot from the footage of the encounter where I didn’t kill him.

Notice the scar on his back above his hind quarters.

Notice the scar on his back above his hind quarters. This picture was taken in 2014 and the scar is when I shot him in 2013 as a 4 year old.

 

Fast forward two years and once again he will be added to my hit-list. Now a 6 year old, he may not have increased in size as far as tine length in concerned, but it looks like he has put on some mass and will probably score in the 160’s. Not that any of that actually matters as this buck is mature, and that’s really all that matters.

 

Here is the most recent picture of 2 Pac showing off his scar. Telling me "You can't kill me!" I'm gonna try.

Here is the most recent picture of 2 Pac showing off his scar. Telling me “You can’t kill me!” I’m gonna try.

 

If we are going to continue riding the honesty train, I want to kill Mark Kenyon… the deer not the human. ┬áThe history with this buck started when I received a trail camera picture of him in late November of 2013. When Mark found his shed in March of 2014, I knew I needed to get more cameras up in the area to try and pattern this buck.

 

Mark Kenyon in 2013, notice the antler with the split G2.

Mark Kenyon in 2013, notice the antler with the split G2.

Mark Kenyon found his own left side in March of 2014.

Mark Kenyon found his own left side in March of 2014.

 

As a 6, maybe even a 7 year old, Mark Kenyon needs to be shot. This past season I had two encounters with him. I bumped MK and a doe on November 10th then saw him in the same area the next day where he was spooked by something and ran off. This spring the neighbors found his sheds letting me know his was still alive. He has added another point on his right side making him a main frame 9 with junk. Again in the 160 range, I will do everything I can to put myself in position to get a shot at this deer.

 

Mark Kenyon in 2015. I hope he sticks around and the good Lord provides me with an opportunity at this buck.

Mark Kenyon in 2015. I hope he sticks around and the good Lord provides me with an opportunity at this buck.

 

In 2013 I gave up one full week of hunting to go to a bullshit trade show. In 2014 I followed up on a promise and gave up a majority of my season to film a friend who filmed me for 4 years. Now it’s 2015 and I am ready┬áto get back in the saddle, step on the gas, and focus on killing one of the shooters running around.

To see all the pictures from this weekends card pull… CLICK HERE

Remember to use #velvetrut when posting your pictures of deer in velvet. If there are any topics you would like me to cover, feel free to leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading,
Dan (DFW)

 

 

One Response to “Velvet Rut – Welcome Back Old Friends”

  1. Kevin Merrow July 30, 2015 at 9:27 am #

    Always a pleasure reading your stuff bro. Keep on keeping on!!! Good luck killing either MK or 2pac

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