Scouting logs and on the spot pictures -- by Robert Hoague
For: | 2006 | 2005 | 2004
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July 24 Deer Pictures
The highlights of the deer that wanted me to take their pictures
this morning! GO...
Deer VIDEO - From This Morning
A short video of 3 of the bucks interacting that I saw this
July 20 - Early To Rise Pays
I got up early today and sat in the dark
where I took pictures of the bomber wide 8-point earlier this week. Four
bucks came through around official sunrise but they were still shadows.
Once they were gone two more bucks showed up. I glassed them, it was still
very low light, and I could just make out the rack on the closest. It was
the bomber 8 and he was marking low limbs on an oak tree 38 yards from me.
The other buck was marking limbs on some smaller trees and I couldn't make
his rack out clearly but what I did see was looking
Anyway, I choked my camera down and apertured the heck out of it in
an attempt to get enough light and take a picture of the wide 8 but there
just wasn't enough light yet. Fortunately he started browsing on some
plants and I saw him better as the light improved.
He walked by me on the left and I couldn't see him any
more. No pictures. But it was a ripping experience. Man I'm still
I hoped to see the wide buck from July 17 but didn't expect it to
be the next day. But it was. GO...
A New Day, A New Place, A New
A new buck. And a big July rack. GO...
July 16 Bucks
Close up pictures of bucks this morning. GO...
Kings Of The Deer Weed - July
Growing daily. See the bucks in velvet on July 10.
Close Pics Of Another Wide
This morning I took pictures from a new blind and got lucky.
Another wide buck comes up and I get some close up pictures. This is July
July 4 Buck Pic
The July 4 Wide Buck. GO...
July 1 - This Morning Pics
The nicest way I know of to begin the day on July 1. Just me, the
black faced buck and his friends. GO...
Bucks, Over The Weekend
Two bucks in velvet are looking good on the last weekend in June.
Four Days Later
Holly cow! We've got a crop starting all ready. GO...
It's food plot time. Thanks to my neighbor Dale my Deer
Weed seed is in the ground. And the events of the next 36 hours were
all good too. Food Plot & Pics
He was close. And
- But Lots Of Action
Ok, so I dozed off
But when I woke up it was buck time and my camera was smiling. GO...
Bucks, Even In June!
the bucks were all over. To
Up With The Bucks On June 5?
When do bucks start
aggressive to does? How about on June 5? To
This Morning's Deer Pics...
Do Bucks Look Like Now?
said me and my camera were gonna look for bucks. We found some. GO...
antlers In March?
Yep, sure do. A big
beds down in front of my CamTrakker and we get more March deer pics. GO...
Fire In The Sky
red sun looks like fire in the sky. Today we have both bucks and does
the area. GO...
Pics Over The Weekend
Next Year's Bucks
Mid February and the
are loosing bulk. Their necks have thinned down. But they still have
antlers. Here are some I saw this weekend. GO...
Nice Hair-Do ... Guy!!!
The deer of February
4. The "nice hair-do" buck, "broken horn", "son of the Freak" and
Pics taken on the CamTrakker. To The
For Deer 2006: a photo journey
the bucks have shed their velvet and are showing off their
2006 headgear to the other bucks and the does. Eventually two bucks
Generally you don't see many fawns for weeks after they are born.
Today a few showed up. GO....
fawns is always special. This morning one came by to get its picture
On Your (Hind) Feet!
Aug 16 - A doe
buck and he rears up on his hind legs and stops her. More...
Scouting Time Again - August
14 - 15
out the CamTrakker and we're taking deer pictures again. We caught 3
8-pointers and other deer. GO...
Showing 'em Who's Boss
On the morning I
the 2006 Bear Hunt I took pictures after daylight. The bucks are
to act like bucks. GO...
August 3 CamTrakker Deer Pics
A doe almost runs
buck. Just one of the pics taken last night by my CamTrakker. GO...
The Treestand CamTrakker Pics
I definitely was
to see what kind of action was going on in front of the Treestand I
the CamTrakker on. Here
Monitoring A Treestand
This afternoon I
a tree where I've had a treestand for several years. I mounted a
to the tree right by a treestep. GO...
July 24 & 25- CamTrakker
Some of the deer in
pictures were 40+ yards away. Even at the longer distances CamTrakker
the deer as they walked by. GO...
July 22 Pics - Two sets of pics
Kick back and watch
light colored 8-pt.GO...
And later two 8-points came by. GO...
2006 Freak & July 9-pt on
They're looking good
... and walked right up and let us see 'em close. GO...
Today's Scouting Pictures
A doe approaches and
July 9-point puts it in her place. To
10 Pics... and To
8 more Pics...
Here's Where We Are, As Of
A close up, full
picture of a 9-point and a possible son of the Freak buck. GO...
A New Angle
moving the CamTrakker to watch the south we get more buck and doe pics.
were the deer doing on July 16-17. GO...
July 2 -
Your Face Buck"
The "In Your
Buck (L) and the best pics of 187.
this morning: a buck came up and took an interest in my CamTrakker
game camera. The camera caught him up close. GO...
the CamTrakker took 187 pics yesterday evening, last night and this
Wow! So I put up a couple dozen pics so you could see the jist of what
night and this morning my CamTrakker took almost 100 pictures of deer
moved through the area. Here are 35 of them. To June
30 Deer Pics...
I worked through lunch and got a nice surprise at between 12:30 and
Apparently my fall food plot must have some volunteer forage growing
a buck walked up and munched a little bit before continuing on his way.
The Daytime Buck Pictures...
Like We Were There!
the best pics yet. Just like we were there. GO...
June 24 - The First Fawn
Seeing the first
always one of the highlights of the year. There is just something magic
about it. This afternoon I was walking around and happened up on a
I knelt down by a tree and got my camera going.
The fawn was a very
one with a small body and long spindly legs. Very cool.
It walked in
front of my
position and I sat still, moving only the camera lens and pushing the
Then it turned my
hurried toward me!
Surprise! It stepped
the shade of a tree 15 yards from me and promptly laid down.
The fawn carefully
around the area.
Obviously at ease,
continued to look around. Twenty minutes passed, and...
and the fawn stood
walked away. I never did see the moma doe. This was really a special
June 23 - CamTrakker Pics from
trail camera's settings to 20 seconds between pictures resulted in 46
from late afternoon yesterday until early morning today. Here are the
This young buck
is the first
one by the camera.
by a little later. An eye of another deer is in the background.
After it is pitch
deer walk through the area, these are does.
A young buck,
one in the first picture, walks closer to the camera.
Not a young buck,
through. He was probably 25-30 yards out but the CamTrakker picture is
good enough I zoomed in on him to check him out better.
An hour later the
picks up this buck. It doesn't look as beefy in the front shoulders as
the other buck.
The sun is up and
on the CamTrakker lens and making a little glare at the top of the
as two deer meander through the area.
June 20 - Getting Ready, Step
Most years, my food
area on my property gets steady deer traffic. Lately I've seen deer
good but not on my place. So to see if there is traffic on the home
I put up a CamTrakker digital camera to let it check the place out.
I strapped the
to a tree with the Rope Ratchet. The camera's back side has holes that
are perfect to put the Rope Ratchet hooks in, so I put them in and
the Rope Ratchet tight. (This is the CamTrakker Digital 6.0 game
The picture below is
area that the camera has under surveillance. The food plot will go in
open area between the camera and the two trees. Now I need to get the
for the plot and then get in touch with my neighbor Dale to see if he
till it up like he did last year.
June 21 - Surprise!
Not expecting any
yet, I checked the camera. There were pictures! I loaded them into my
and had a look. They were night time pictures.
This is the first
pictures are a challenge for any game camera, usually the animals in
that are in range of the flash are flooded with light and have bright
The CamTrakker pictures were definitely better than what I've
I zoomed in
the picture was full size and examined the buck on the left. A long
with decent length antlers for this early in the year.
Forty minutes later
deer were going the other way. The lead one's antlers look like it may
be the same buck.
He gets closer.
(Pic below.) That's
I'm talkin' about. This buck's main beam is still growing horizontally
and adding width to his antlers. This is the beginning stage of what
be a very nice 2006 rack.
Holly cow, we are
a swell start already. On the second day of scouting, right out of the
starting blocks, we've located a buck that just might grow a big rack.
This afternoon I
the time delay on the CamTrakker so it will wait only 20 seconds
pictures. Deer are walking by and I don't want to miss any of them --
is one of the big pluses about using digital. I've got a half gig
in the CamTrackker unit and it can take 250 or more pictures on one
For Deer 2005: a photo journey
the season ends. By March most of the bucks have shed their antlers.
in May their velvet antlers make their first appearance. And from June
thru August their headwear is growing. In September the velvet dries up
and goes away. And it's all here in pictures and scouting logs, from
day the Freak buck lost his weird antlers, to the first fawn sighting
the sightings of the Double Kicker buck. To
Scouting For Deer 2005...
The Freak in August,
Double Kicker Buck intimidates a young buck, Wild Turkey pouts
The Double Kicker
rack gets bigger, the first fawn sighting.
For Deer 2004: a photo journey
Scouting for deer
began with a planting a food plot for the wildlife and making water
there isn't water. And continued until the day before the season began.
the 2004 Scouting Logs and Pictures...
For Deer In 2003
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| 2001 | 2000
Experience the deer growing throughout the year, from the first fawns
& first buck in velvet to the
For Deer Season 2002: a Photo Journey
Pics & Notes From 2002: May,
June & July |
Pics & Notes From 2001: June
July | Aug | Sept
Sons & The Licking Tree (Wallpaper)
& Sons: Notice the difference in the size of the two bucks.
is a wallpaper for ya. (1042x768)
Pics & Notes From 2001:
& July | August | September