Late Season Inventory: With all deer seasons completed in Wisconsin, my next focus is locating post-season bucks for the 2017 season. The rifle season was slow for all the neighbors I spoke with, so we should have some great deer to go after again next year. My post-season inventory project is typically easy due to extremely hilly terrain surrounded by countless agriculture fields on my main property in southwest Wisconsin. I cannot bait, so I always focus on paths of least resistance leading to food. Usually, these include logging roads or man-made ATV trails. This season, picked corn is surrounded by our CRP and ponds.
I typically get quite a few bucks rolling through this area during mid-winter months, regardless of the type of food that was harvested in the ag field. I have not located the monsters we had during the rut but a few good ones are still around.
The late season is a time period to focus on something very few of us pay much attention to during the season, sunlight. In terms of where to place a camera during late season (and later search for shed antlers) few things can beat a hillside that receives lots of sunlight. The hilly terrain on my main property in southwestern Wisconsin makes this simple. South facing hillsides leading to food will produce camera pictures. One word of caution when doing late season inventory is you will most likely have a few ‘journey’ bucks who travel long distances in search of good winter habitat. I have seen quite a few random bucks show up that will get me very excited only to have them disappear come spring.
– Paul Annear