| Before you can hunt your top bucks, you have to find them back after they
dispersed from their summer ranges.
In the last blog, I discussed the fact that bucks disperse after they shed their velvet and break up their bachelor groups. Now it is time to find them back.
|If you can’t use bait in front of your cameras, you need to set up in high traffic
travel routes, like this open gate near a food source. This is Lucky from last
Try to run a trail camera in all the likely spots – all the spots that you can get to fairly easily without bumping deer. In other words, stay on the fringes, away from known bedding areas. My favorite spots for cameras are the places I can drive right to with my truck. That way, I make minimal intrusion, leave very little scent and get in and out quickly. None of us have time to waste, so don’t make this any harder than it needs to be.
|This is “Big Jr.” from the 2013 season when he was just 4 years old. Unfortunately,
he didn’t grow much and looks about the same now as a 6 year old. Granted, he
is plenty big enough and will be my number one target for this season. In this photo,
I caught him going through the same open gate where I photographed “Lucky” a
Obviously, if you can’t use bait in front of your cameras to concentrate the deer, you will need to run more cameras in any given area to get a good idea what is there.