Deer Hunting Trail Cameras

I have got to get out and check my mineral licks and put out my deer hunting trail cameras. Have you put out any mineral licks or cameras yet? Now is a great time to start getting them out. The bucks will be growing their antlers soon and the does will be giving birth so it’s a great time to get some wonderful wildlife pictures.

Put Out Deer Hunting Trail Cameras

Moultrie Game camera

The bucks should be growing their antlers about now and I hope to get some great pictures of them developing their antlers.

deer hunting trail cameras

I’ve got a new Moultrie game camera, a Mathews Z7 and a new Canon XHA1 hd video camera to film all my adventures this year. It should be a great season and should be action packed. If you want to help the bucks grow bigger racks where you hunt now is the time to plant food plots and or put out mineral licks to provide them with the nutrients to grow bigger antlers. Also now is a great time to put out your trail cameras to watch those big bucks develop their antlers throughout the year. I put out a bag of Whitetail institute 30-06 in two locations on one of the properties I hunt a few weeks ago and I am going to go back and freshen them up with another bag of Whitetail Institute 30-06 minerals real soon. Also while I am there I will pull the sd card and put a new one in and hopefully have some good pictures. While I am at it I will check the batteries and if they are low I will replace them. I have have heard of a few people who have had cameras stolen so I keep mine locked with a firearm child safety lock and then I put a cable lock through that. If someone wanted it they could still get it but it would be a little more difficult for them. I just hate thieves. It is a shame we have to lock our stands and everything we leave in the woods. I grew up hunting in Georgia and have always had to deal with thieves and poachers and when I moved to Kansas I quickly learned it is no different here. It’s that small few that ruin it for everyone. That’s just the way it is I guess. Anyway get out and plant those food plots and put out some mineral licks and put out those cameras and watch those bucks grow.

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Deer Hunting Ohio Trail Camera Pictures

trail camera pictures

This is a trail camera picture Doug got of the whitetail just before he killed him.

Trail Camera Pictures

My good friend Kelley sent me a few trail camera pictures quite a while back of a nice whitetail his friend Doug had gotten deer hunting in Ohio. I love reading first buck stories so I thought you might like this one.  I had to take some time off for a few days, I just had shoulder surgery last week  but I hope to be fully recovered when it comes time to go deer hunting.  Here is Doug’s story about his first buck. Doug had gotten several trail camera pictures  just before he killed him.

Deer Hunting in Ohio

This is Doug’s first buck he killed deer hunting in Ohio.

My First Deer

Here are the details on the 8 point buck I shot on November 7th, 2010.

On November 7th, 2010 the temperature was 20 degrees, and it was daylight saving time (the time moved back and hour) so I woke up early, around 4:30 am to get ready to go get them that morning.   The Deer were moving, because the rut was in full swing.   I took a shower, and got ready and headed to my stand.  I placed my stand at a pinch point where two trails came close together that deer use to travel to their bedding area.  I climbed into my stand about a half an hour before sunrise, and about 10 minutes later, two 4 wheelers came through a gate separating our property with the neighboring farm’s property.  I immediately thought this probable ruined my hunt for the morning, but decided to stay.  Eventually, 45 minutes past and I moved in my tree stand, when I did three doe took off running about 40 yards in front of me.  That morning there was frost on the ground, and I was surprised I did not here the three doe walk in near my stand.  About the same time I thought they had been there the whole time.  I was tired and thought of getting down to get some rest; I had been hunting hard for the past two days.  Suddenly, 5 minutes later I heard something crashing/running through the woods, and as I looked to my left approximately 15 yards from my stand, there was a buck.  The Buck was focused on the three doe that just ran off.  I immediately pulled my crossbow up, and was deciding if I should shoot him or not.  He was moving further away from my stand, 20, 25 yards; everything was going through my mind so fast.  Is this buck big enough?  Should I hold off, I just started my vacation I have the rest of the week to hunt.  Mean while, the buck move further away, 30, 35 yards and was ready to step behind a group of small saplings, when I aimed and put the pin just behind his front leg, and pulled the trigger.  As soon as I shoot the buck jumped and kicked his back legs hard, I knew he was hit well.  I listened as he ran about 20 to 25 yards down over a hill, I then heard a crash, and figured he went down.   My younger brother who was hunting about 300 yards away heard the crash and was sure I stuck one.  I got out of my stand and started look for a blood trail, but did not see any blood the first 10 yards.  I thought maybe I missed him, but kept walking a few yards later I found blood sprayed all over a group of small trees/saplings.   I then looked down the hill, and there he was lying with his head propped up on a log.  The arrow hit both lungs and he only ran approx 25 yards, before expired quickly, he didn’t know what hit him.  This buck was a decent first kill; hopefully next year I can shoot his daddy.

Trail camera pictures can help you pattern a big whitetail buck to improve your odds of killing him.

Shot with a Crossbow:  Ten Point – Fusion, distance 34 yards.

Congratulations Doug on a great first buck. Great story and trail camera pictures of him to. Thanks for letting me share it on here. Also thanks to my good friend Kelley for sending me the story and trail camera pictures. I wanted to tell everyone Kelley is in an awesome band called Fishing with Dynamite if you get a chance go check out their great music.

 

Shed Hunting Trail Camera Pictures

Successful Shed Hunting Trip

It was really nice here in Kansas yesterday so I got out and did some shed hunting. I didn’t find any big bucks sheds but it was a successful trip never the less. I don’t know where all those big sheds are but I plan on going shed hunting again real soon and finding them. I know they are out there. I have some friends that have been doing some shed hunting and they are finding some really nice sheds. I have got several more places that I need to get out and check for sheds and also establish some more mineral licks.

antler found shed hunting

This antler was found on a recent shed hunting trip in Kansas.

Trail Camera Pictures

I also put out some mineral/vitamin supplement and block and put put my favorite trail camera which is a Moultrie. I did a lot of walking and was able to find a nice little shed, it was a little 8 pointer that I had several Moultrie trail camera pictures of.

shed buck trail camera picture

This is the buck I got trail camera pictures of that I found his left side shed.

I also plan on getting another Moultrie Game Spy to put out.

Micro Food Plots

I am also thinking of doing some small food plots behind my house. I want to plant some corn and soybeans to leave standing so during the harsh winter months they have here in the mid-west once most of the other crops are harvested I’ll still have some standing food sources that the heavy snow fall won’t cover up and the whitetails will stay in the area. Having standing food during the winter months should really attract and hold the whitetails on the deer hunting property. If you have standing crops during the cold winter months it can be as or more action packed as when the rut is in full swing. When it is cold the whitetails must eat so they will be hitting those food sources hard. So now is the time to start thinking about what you can do to improve your deer hunting property to better your chances of harvesting that buck of a lifetime this deer season. And you can plant some small fairly inexpensive food plots that will make a big difference in getting a chance at a buck of a lifetime. You will thank yourself if you do plant some small food plots when you are still seeing deer late in the season when everyone else says they are not seeing as many deer as they were earlier in the season.

I saw a great hunting show last night that was talking about this very thing. Midwest Whitetail which is one of my favorite shows had a very good show about micro plots. Midwest Whitetail has a lot of great shows and their website is very good as well. So if you get a chance check out their website Midwestwhitetail.com.