Wednesday, February 9, 2011

More Power Line Bucks

Got the big 8 pointer again on two different nights along with another pretty nice 8 pointer. They’re still pretty wary of the loud click this camera makes as you can see from the way they stare at it. I’ve tried different things to deaden and muffle the sound but nothing seems to help much.


Stephanie and Dustin of Antlers & Gills noted in an earlier post comment that they’re starting to shed hunt and the bucks would be shedding their antlers soon if they already haven’t. One thing I’ve noticed in my area is that many of the bucks keep their antlers longer than in other areas. I’ve gotten pics of some good size bucks in late February that hasn’t shed yet. Many people say their bucks usually shed in January and some cases as early as late December. That’s generally not the case in my area.







17 comments:

texwisgirl said...

I like that first photo: "Wha???" So do you have a hunting season year winter long up there? You mentioned "shed hunt"... Sorry, I'm a non-hunter person...

KB said...

They do look like "deer caught in the headlights"... I don't know where you bought your cam but the staff at trailcampro.com is amazing with advice about how deal with things like the click of your cam. They'd probably even try to help you if you didn't buy it there.

The shed is similarly late here - like April or so.

Our wildlife seems to have gone deep into hiding with the extreme weather. I'm only getting coyotes near my house on my cams... but I expect that the bobcat will be coming to visit soon. He's gotta eat, right?

Joe said...

texwisgirl - When a buck looses(sheds)it's antler we call them sheds. Shed hunting is walking around good deer habitat looking(hunting) for the antlers on the ground. I've never had a lot of luck with this type hunting but then I also don't put a lot of time into it.

KB - Thanks. I've been to their site. It's great. I've tried a few things they mention on the site.

texwisgirl said...

Thanks, Joe. I had considered that possibility when I asked the question. So what would one do with shed antlers? Furniture? Wall decor? Do you use them for mock scrapes? Grind them up for medicinal purposes? Okay, enough with the questions, non-hunter girl... :)

texwisgirl said...

And, yes, we've had some serious wild boar issues in some of the suburbs of Dallas - where folks wake up to find their front yards in a fully-developed neighborhood completely torn to pieces by wild hogs looking for grubs. Out here, I've never seen them on our property but we have them perusing the back road and cattle pastures all the time.

Verde Farm said...

Joe, what great shots here. You really have the right locale for the cameras now. I really like the 4th one--so close. I love to find antlers in the woods--the antlers here would be good finds :)

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

Lots and lots of good-looking bucks, Joe. Hope they are still around for you next Fall. :)

Allison said...

Love that full on head shot. Such creepy eyes at night... you've got me longing to get out there and lie in the undergrowth to observe them!

Ola said...

excellent!

Trey said...

You have found an excellent place for this camera. I have enjoyed all of the shots!

Joe said...

texwisgirl - People use them for a lot of things much like you said. Most of the ones we've found are laying around the cabin. There was a elderly lady that use to live on a small farm near us that found several huge ones over the years when she went to check on her cattle.

Farmchick said...

My son loves to shed hunt. I always enjoy your pics.

John Gray said...

you have a cracking blog here. very interesting

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

I can't get over that deer that has antlers like an antelope! I'm curious if they will grow back that way next season. They should, but you never know for sure.

Julian said...

Nice photos! Here in California I often get pics of Black-tailed deer on my scouting camera, but never any as good as those :)

Stephanie and Dustin said...

That is so incredible how long your boys keep their antlers. Do you notice if they lose their velvet later as well? -stephanie

Joe said...

Stephanie and Dustin - They lose their velvet around here in mid September. I think that's about the same in other places.