Mature whitetails can really be smart.
Well, I have been getting some great trail camera pictures of some really nice mature whitetails. And I cannot tell you how excited I am to get out and do some deer hunting. Just yesterday I got a picture of one of the biggest mature whitetails that I have ever gotten on a trail camera. It was on one of my favorite deer hunting properties that I have permission to hunt here in Kansas. It is a piece of property that is awesome and has great potential for holding several mature whitetails and I would not be afraid to say it could possibly have some potential world class bucks on it. There have been sightings of a 200+ inch buck very near this property. So every time I go deer hunting there it is so exciting not knowing what might come through there.
Mature whitetails like this one will be starting to make scrapes and rubs in the next few weeks and be breaking away from the bachelor groups as the pre-rut activity begins.
It is a dream come true to be able to chase huge Kansas bucks on such a prime piece of trophy buck paradise. Just last year I missed what would have been my biggest buck ever on this property. The buck that I got on trail camera might just be the one that I missed last year. I only got three pictures of him yesterday and it is hard to say if it is the same buck or not. The buck I got pictures of yesterday I think is pushing 170″ and would be by far the biggest buck that I have ever taken if I could get him. I know it won’t be easy though, he didn’t get that big by being stupid. My hopes are to get this buck with my bow and get it all on film. But that is easier said than done. My first reaction when I got the picture yesterday besides the yelling from being so excited was to get out there this morning and hunt the set that I have right where I got the picture. The wind is out of the northwest this morning and perfect for this setup. But after talking to my buddies and thinking hard about it I have decided to take my time and be very careful not to bump this buck or screw it up somehow. When you are dealing with bucks of this caliber one wrong move can be the end of the game and he will be gone. To say I am pumped just to be able to try to match wits with a buck of this caliber is an understatement. I have dreamed about this scenario for many years now if I can pull it off it would be a dream come true. If not, no big deal, it’ll be fun trying. And just being out in the woods enjoying the great outdoors is what it’s all about.
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.
Pre season is a good time to start trimming those shooting lanes to improve your deer hunting honey holes.
You reap what you sow, that’s how the saying goes right? Well I’m planning on getting some pre season chores done early this year so hopefully I’ll reap the benefits of some hard work when it comes time to go deer hunting. Hopefully this will be the season I finally get that Pope & Young whitetail.
Get Pre Season Chores Done
I have got to trim a lot of shooting lanes and hang several stands. I moved a ladder stand after this past season and I went to check it out the other day and man have I got some lane trimming to do. I want to get it done early this year. I would rather do it now than to have to do it right before or during the season. I just think the more commotion there is in the woods close to the season the less likely those big bucks will know you are in the area. That big whitetail didn’t get big by being stupid. If they sense a lot of activity in the woods they will go nocturnal or leave their core area. I am planning on going to do some lane trimming tomorrow and put in some screw in steps in a tree where I plan on hanging some stands on one of my favorite deer hunting properties.
Get those trail cameras out now to watch your big whitetail develop throughout the antler growing process.
Have you started getting you’re whitetail honey holes ready for the upcoming season yet? I’ve got so much work to do to get ready but I enjoy getting out in the woods and putting up stands, trimming shooting lanes, putting out trail cameras and all other sorts of fun stuff. It is a great way to get some exercise also. I can’t wait to start getting some good trail camera pictures of some of those big bucks. I am wondering what bucks made it through the very harsh winter here in Kansas. There is one buck that I really hope made it through and is back. He’s the one I missed with my bow last year and this year he should be an absolute brute. I would love to match wits with him again this season. I was so close to getting him last year but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades!
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