Pictures shed hunting around food sources is a great place to look for sheds.
I have been keeping corn out and I even put out some new mineral lick spots and Trophy Rocks and I have gotten several pictures shed hunting of some big bodied bucks that had already dropped their headgear.
Pictures Shed Hunting
The only bucks that I have gotten pictures shed hunting lately that are still carrying their headgear are smaller bucks. I just wish I could find one nice antler, I see all these guys finding truckloads of bone and I can’t seem to find a decent drop. I know I’ve got big bucks on the properties I’m deer hunting they are all over my trail camera pictures. I have been out a few times shed hunting, but I haven’t had any luck though. I definitely need to get me shed hunting dog. How about you have you been able to do any shed hunting? I have heard of several nice bucks antlers being found and just yesterday one of my buddies said he saw a nice big buck the other day in Missouri that was still carrying, so I guess a few of the bucks are still hanging on to their horns.
I got a lot of trail camera pictures in February.
Oh well, I’ll get back out in the next couple of days and see what I can find. I have been living here in the mid-west for almost three years now and every spring I hear people talking about getting out and looking for mushrooms. Being from the south I never even heard of Morrells until I came here, but from what I here they are very good so this year I am gonna have to try them. I just keep asking myself how good can a mushroom actually be? I guess well see, I bet if they are as good as they say they are the deer probably love them.
It is almost time to plant those food plots so now is a good time to get those soil test done to get that lime out before it’s to late. Also it’s a great time to plant those trees and shrubs and it’s not to late to do a control burn also. There are so many things you can do to improve your property this time of year. Now is a great time to put establish those mineral lick sites. Now that the bucks are dropping their antlers and will be growing new ones soon it’s good to get them the minerals that will help them grow their antlers to their full potential and the minerals are good for the does that will be having those fawns before you know it. So mineral lick sites will help the overall health of your deer herd. I put out two new mineral lick sites last week and have got to do two more this week.
While my camera was taking this trail camera picture I was deer hunting 13 yards from this buck. I was filming him for 15 minutes.
I recently got and exciting trail camera picture. Bow season started yesterday here in Kansas and I was able to get out this morning and finally was able do some deer hunting.
I hunted a lock-on stand that is right behind our house. The wind was supposed to be out of the southwest this morning according to the weather report on yahoo but when I went outside the wind was out of the southeast and I decided the stand behind the house was okay to hunt with a southeast wind. I headed out with plenty of time to get in the stand before daylight. I finally got settled in as daylight was cracking and after a few minutes I looked to my right and I see horns heading my way from about 70 yards through a small strip of trees. The adrenaline started pumping as I swung my camera arm slowly around and got my camera ready. The buck was in no hurry and after what seemed like forever he finally made his way down a path that led to about 13 yards from the tree I was in. I kept thinking how good it was to be deer hunting again and how much I missed these moments during every day of the off season.
Trail Camera Picture
The exciting trail camera picture I got was when the big brute walked right up and stood in front of my trail camera as I filmed him with my Canon XhA1s.
I didn’t have any trail camera pictures of this buck before I got this one.
I was was trying to score him and see if he would make Pope and Young and I think he just might have made the score but I kept thinking about the buck I have been getting tons of trail camera pictures of across the road on another piece of property that I have permission to hunt on. He was bigger than this buck, but this buck sure tempted me as he stood broadside at 13 yards for 15 minutes. I was proud of myself for holding out on the big boy and he sure will be nice next year if he makes it through to next season. I know there is no guarantee of that but that’s the chance you take to let them get big and it’s a risk I willing to take to hopefully get a chance at a sure enough stud next year. And I know there are bigger bucks on some of the deer hunting properties that I have access to. I was able to get some great footage of him and I am trying to come up with a name for him and build a little history with him. I hadn’t gotten any pictures of him before yesterday and I didn’t know that until I pulled my card and checked it when I came out this morning. It was great to be out chasing whitetails again and a great way to start the season off. I think I might just head back out to the same stand in the morning. I plan on shooting a few does this year and tomorrow would be a great day to get some meat in the freezer, unless a bigger buck shows up. I don’t think I could hold out on a buck much bigger than him.
Well it looks like it is time for me to get busy and get those trail cameras checked and refresh my mineral licks. I have had two trail cameras out on some mineral licks for some time now but I haven’t checked them lately. I had a buddy and his grandson fly here to Kansas from Georgia to visit us and we went to the Nascar race at Kansas Motor Speedway.
They were here for a few days and one day we decided to go fishing at one of our favorite deer hunting properties. The fishing was great and my 5 year old son caught a really nice bass and a big ole catfish and we caught a lot of bream and crappie. This pond is smack dab in the middle of prime land for deer hunting. And as we are sitting there fishing one of the boys says hey look and we look up and there are two does and two nice bucks running across this big field. And you could tell they were some really big bucks. Even though they are just starting to grow their antlers they had some impressive antlers already. You could just tell they were some bigger more mature bucks. It could have been one of the big bucks that I missed this past November with my bow.
Now I’m all fired up and this week I’ll be putting out some more Whitetail Institute 30-06 mineral/salt supplement and putting out another Moultrie Gamespy and checking my two trail cameras that I already have out. I am so pumped.
I had shoulder surgery in April and I’m currently doing physical therapy every day and I am getting better everyday and hopefully I will be ready once bow season rolls around. After missing the Pope and Young buck I have been after last year I am more determined than ever to finally get that Pope and Young this season. How about you have you gotten any trail camera pictures yet of those big bucks sporting their new headgear. It will be time to go deer hunting before you know it and now is the time to start getting ready. During the spring and hot summer months the bucks need minerals to help them grow their antlers to full potential. And putting a trail camera on a mineral lick site is a great place to watch that big buck develop his antlers throughout the antler growing process. Hopefully I will have some great pictures to share here soon.