The Final Countdown

22 Sep

Some of you live is states where the bow season has already started while others like myself ¬†are still drooling at the mouth waiting to get in the timber and get this party started. This weekend I had a couple small tasks I needed to complete before the season starts in nine days. Sunday morning I packed up my truck with my daughter and headed off to a couple of my farms to do a little low impact scouting and to move the rest of my trail cameras that were currently over mineral stations to field edges, pinch points, and fresh sign. After a quick stop to drop Ava of at grandpa’s house… I was off.

 

While making my rounds I noticed a small amount of sign starting to pop us close to the food sources.

While making my rounds I noticed a small amount of sign starting to pop us close to the food sources.

 

It was 9:30 am and my wife wanted me home by 4:00 pm. I had nine cameras to switch SD cards and batteries if needed. Four of the cameras needed to be moved off the mineral stations so I needed to get to work. The reason I move my cameras off the mineral stations and to pinch point and food sources is to attempt to start patterning the bucks on my hit list. As soon as I get a shooter on camera I will bring more cameras into the area in hopes of finding the trail or food source they are frequenting. Then, I make a move. Until then, I have my cameras covering a larger area. As the season progresses I will transfer more of my cameras to fresh sign when possible. For the most part these cameras should be easy to get as not to put any unwanted pressure on the area.

 

Looking like a really good acorn crop this year. This meas the deer don't need to hit up the crops for a meal.

Looking like a really good acorn crop this year. This means the deer don’t need to hit up the crops for a meal.

 

Now for the good stuff…

Last night before I went to bed I quickly clicked through the 15,000 plus trail pictures that had been captured over the last month and a half. I was excited to find that a majority of the bucks that made the “Hit List” this hear are still in the area, and a few of them are making daylight movement. None of them on what you would consider a pattern, but still better than no pictures at all.

 

Here is the buck I shot last year and never found. His name is 2 Pac for a reason... hopefully second time's the charm.

Here is the buck I shot last year and never found. His name is 2 Pac for a reason… hopefully second time’s the charm.

 

Here's Ryan Eyberg in all of his glory. Another awesome story of a buck that we have been chasing for the past couple seasons.

Here’s Ryan Eyberg in all of his glory. Another awesome story of a buck that we have been chasing for the past couple seasons.

 

I just noticed how long the body of this buck is. He's a stud 10 and I can't wait to possibly have  an encounter with him.

I just noticed how long the body of this buck is. He’s a stud 10 and I can’t wait to possibly have an encounter with him.

 

With freshly rubbed off velvet Mark Kenyon will be the highest scoring buck I will be chasing this year.

With freshly rubbed off velvet Mark Kenyon will be the highest scoring buck we will be chasing this year. I would love to see this stud on the hoof!

 

Only capturing 6 pictures of this buck over the past month and a half 2 Chaaaaaainz is looking pretty sweet.

Only capturing 6 pictures of this buck over the past month and a half 2 Chaaaaaainz is looking pretty sweet but a little camera shy.

 

I love the character of this buck. Over the past three years I have only had 2 daylight pictures of this buck and that's kind of a problem.

I love the character of this mature buck. Over the past three years I have only had 2 daylight pictures of Dork and that’s kind of a problem when you’re trying to kill him.

 

I don't think I have given this buck a name but he will get an arrow thrown his way if comes with shooting range.

I don’t think I have given this buck a name but he will get an arrow thrown his way if comes with shooting range.

 

I’m not going to hold my breath hoping that all of these bucks are going to stick around until the rut hits. Typically as the crop begin to come out there is a shift in core areas, as there should be. That, along with pressure from other hunters tends to be my biggest obstacle every year. The only thing I can do is continue to to monitor my trail cameras and watch the movement as the season moves forward.

Thanks for reading and I hope you are enjoying the blog. Spread the word and keep the comments coming. Good luck to you all as the season gets rolling and remember to use your safety harness religious.

Dan (DFW)

 

 

2 Responses to “The Final Countdown”

  1. LS September 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    Seems like my wife always has a million things for me to do when I need to “quickly” go through thousands of trail cam pics.

    The time is near, good luck.

    • Dan Johnson September 23, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

      LOL! I hear ya man. My daughter was in bed and my wife was balls deep in a murder mystery.

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