Velvet Rut | Welcome Back Old Friends

21 Aug

As you have probably read in previous blogs, I love checking my trail cameras throughout the summer.  Don’t get me wrong, I love big bucks, but when a deer you have been following for several years shows up for the 3rd year in a row, it just adds to the excitement. You are able to compare pictures from the previous years and actually see the changes that have taken place from last years rack. I absolutely love analyzing every inch of antler growth, or loss. It’s amazing to see the body size of these animals change from a scrawny 2 or 3 year old to a beefed up mature monarch. I also enjoy observing non-antler characteristics like a double throat patch, split ears, or scars.

Before last weekend I was a bit underwhelmed with the results of my previous card pulls. I had a couple bucks that were going to make the hit-list based on age alone, but none that really got blood boiling. Last year was on of the best trail camera picture years I have ever had and was hoping to continue that streak heading in to this year. It wasn’t until Friday night of last week while checking my cards that I realized I was going to continue that streak. A couple old friends had returned, and in a big way.

Gordon Bombay – Estimated 5 year old.

I damn near fell out of my chair when I came upon pictures of this buck. After regaining consciousness I realized I actually had pics of this buck from the previous year. Just by looking at the two pictures below you can notice a big jump in both the antlers and the body size. Why Gordon Bombay you ask? For some reason his rack reminds me of the movie Mighty Ducks and the special move called the “flying V”. I know, I have problems.

 

Sprouting two additional points on each side there are literally tines everywhere.

Sprouting two additional points on each side there are literally tines everywhere. Gordon Bombay – 2015.

 

Gordon Bombay - 2014

Gordon Bombay – 2014 – Estimated 5 year old.

Mark Kenyon – Estimated 6 year old.

With three years of trail camera pictures, one found shed, and two close encounters with this buck, I would cut off another index finger just to get another shot at this buck. From the looks of it he has added even more mass from last year and his left side has exploded with two more points. Using my trail camera pictures from last year and waiting for the right conditions, I’ll be making a move on MK sometime in mid October near a popular pinch point.

 

This buck is a triple threat. Mature, huge body, and huge rack. (just like I like my women)

Mark Kenyon is a triple threat. Mature, huge body, and huge rack. (just like I like my women)

 

Mark Kenyon - 2014

Mark Kenyon – 2014

 

Ryan Eyberg – Estimated 7 year old. 

Other than one early season encounter with him in 2013 Ryan has remained a virtual ghost. It’s almost like he knows he’s being hunted. I have trail camera pics of him throughout the season all over the farm, that makes him very hard to hunt. As an estimated 7 year old, he has one of the lowest scoring racks on my hit-list. But make no mistake about it, if he gets within shoot range, he’s getting an arrow sent his way. With all that said, I have a gut feeling that this might be the last year I see him. With his legs, face, and he seems to have lost a little weight from last year I don’t have a good feeling about how it’s going to end from RE.

 

Not sure what's on his face, but it looks painful. I hope he recovers and stays in the area.

Not sure what’s on his face, but it looks painful. I hope he recovers and stays in the area.

 

Ryan Eyberg - 2014

Ryan Eyberg – 2014

 

Dork – Estimated 6 year old.

Not sure what it is about wanting something you can’t have, but I want to see this buck from my stand really really bad. Built like a tank, Dork just looks like a bad-ass. I have never seen him from the stand, never found his sheds, and he must move to another farm somewhere around mid October because he drops off the face of the earth about that time. I might put a little extra time trying to finding this buck this year.

 

Not a huge set of horns but some awesome character with this guy.

Not a huge set of horns but some awesome character with this guy.

 

Dork - 2014

Dork – 2014

I hope everyone is as excited as I am for the upcoming and continues to get outside and do your preseason preparation.

Thanks for reading,
Dan (DFW)

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