Velvet Rut – 2015 2nd Card Pull

20 Jul

My grandma always used to tell me that Sunday was the day of the Lord, but when you’re a father of two kids under the age of three, your wife runs a small business out of the house, and you are in the middle of 177 different household projects, I need to take advantage of any time I can get in the timber to take care of my whitetail tasks… rain or shine.


The weather didn't wait on me, so I had to get wet.

The weather didn’t wait on me, so I had to get wet.


When I left my house 75 miles north of where I hunt the birds were singing and the sky was blue. Fast forward an hour and a half later while sitting in my truck, severe thunderstorms and heavy rain were going to make this trip very interesting. The weather decided not to wait until I was done checking my trail cameras to move in. Long story short, I got drenched. When you’re in my shoes, you gotta go when you have time… regardless of the conditions. With that said, I was unable to properly document my day for fear of ruining my electronics. But, who really cares about watching someone set up trail cameras and dump mineral? It’s what on the trail cameras that we are all interested in.

So, should we start with the good or the bad? I say we end on a good note and get the disappointment out of the way. One of the things that really pisses me off is having trail camera problems. It’s one thing when I forget to turn the camera on or forget to format the SD card, but it’s another thing to have mother natures play a trick on you.


I am beginning to hate bugs.

I am beginning to hate bugs.


The above picture is the underside of a beetle that decided shed it’s exoskeleton in the lens of my camera. When I realized what had happened I remained optimistic. I removed the blockage and continued on my way. It wasn’t until I started checking my pictures that I realized the bug had been there for almost 4 weeks. 5,284 pictures of nothing! I then became irate and started swearing at my computer screen. “Don’t worry Daddy” came from the lips for my daughter, who I didn’t realize was in the room with me. I then had to explain to a toddler how important trail cameras are when it comes to locating mature bucks. She looked confused.


Two of the four trail cameras I had setting out were covered with insects. AHHHHHHHH!

Two of the four trail cameras I had setting out were covered with insects. AHHHHHHHH!


The very next camera I checked had the same issue, but this time it was a dead moth covering the eye of my Covert.  Again I was optimistic, and again I became upset. So much so that I had to step away from my computer and walk to the mailbox, even though it was Sunday. This time it was only three weeks and 2,856 pictures of the tops of trees. I took a deep breath and continued.

As I started on my third card it seemed to be working like it was supposed to. Then it happened, an old friend was back and he looked to be doing just fine. Aside from the injuries on his back legs that he has had for the past three years, Ryan Eyberg was back in the pictures and looked to be growing the same rack as last year (maybe just a little smaller). I have written several blogs where I have mentioned this buck and how awesome it would be to harvest him. He has never been a huge scoring buck, but his body size is very impressive, and I have 4 years of history with him.


Ryan Eyberg has a huge body and is at the top of my hit-list. Now comes finding his favorite routes.


Not much for numbers, but his inside spread is pretty impressive.


I’m not sure if I recognize this next buck, but he looks like a 4 year old and has really good mass. If I was forced to guess, I believe this deer has been around the farm for the last two years. I saw him in velvet in late August of last year and, had several trail camera pictures of him, and witnessed him from the stand on one occasion. If it is the same deer, it looks like he made a pretty good jump in the mass department. Depending on what else shows up on my cameras, I think he will make the hit-list. I think I’ll name him Herman.


Pretty sure this is Herman as a 3 year old.  Still not 100% sure though.

Pretty sure this is Herman as a 3 year old in 2014. Still not 100% sure though.


Broadside as a 4 year old in 2015. Maybe?


Here is Herman at a different angle. If it is the same deer, he has added some mass and a little inside spread. (2015)


Next on the list is a buck I had given the name Dork. Yet another tight racked, giant bodied deer. As an estimated 6 year old, he has always been a low scoring deer but has had some cool characteristics. He has been on the radar for the last couple years and runs the same area as Ryan Eyberg.  I received a total of zero good pictures of him, but enough to know who he is. It doesn’t look like he has any growth in the antler department, but still mature, and still a shooter.


Dork in 2014.

Dork in 2014.


A main-frame 8 with lots of junk around his brow tines.


This picture sucks, but you can tell he has a huge body.


Other than the three shooters mentioned above, the rest of the pictures were of younger bucks. I’m not worried too much as there is still a lot of time for more deer to show up. Because of all this rain there is plenty of fresh green in and out of the timber making the deer disbursement area much greater. It was about this time last year as the beans started podding that all of the big boys started showing up. At this moment I’m not too concerned.



It’s good to see the next generation looking healthy.


Here is a standard 3 year old that will get a pass this year.


A couple young bucks discussing the does they will be chasing this November.


With two additional cameras set out, I am anxiously awaiting the next time I can get out and check my cameras. Hopefully with better results. Until then I will continue planning for my Idaho hunt, and where I want to hang my six tree stands.

Thanks for reading,
Dan (DFW)










8 Responses to “Velvet Rut – 2015 2nd Card Pull”

  1. Charles Crowe July 20, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    Boy I feel your pain on the cameras that didn’t produce for you. Never had REAL bugs ruin my fun, just the phantom ones like dead batteries, cards that the camera wouldn’t write to or the proverbial I forgot to turn the #@$#%&$ thing on before I left and drove 6 1/2 HOURS HOME!! LOL still like Christmas morning when you know they did take and you find the good one’s!!

  2. Todd Monge July 21, 2015 at 1:02 am #

    I have been in the same boat, except my two malfunctioned in late October! Do you get worried about your older bucks running the 2 and 3 year olds off? I had an old buck on my lease in SW Wisconsin that pushed a lot of the younger local bucks off the farm except for the rut. I was fortunate enough to shoot him in ’13 and last year the amount of bucks we got regularly on camera went through the roof. Four quality 4 yr olds moved on to the farm (at least part tme) plus a half dozen 3 year olds too boot. My only card pull in the beginning of June showed the same basic group of bucks from last year. Hopefully I can get down on two weeks to see what else is there.

    Keep up the good work Dan, I really enjoy all of your work.

  3. Janis Rock April 5, 2017 at 12:19 am # you had a rough start with the ol’ Trail cameras, but really like how you have named and remembered each deer..Appears like “Herman” and “Dork” could be related, but Herman seems to have
    a taller rack.And the daytime pics are very vivid, thanks for sharing.

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