For Deer Season 2001: a Photo Journey In July 2001
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Pointer on opening weekend | 2001
June 30, 2001: My
Summer food plot efforts seem to be paying off. The deer are hanging out
in it. Here is a pic I took Saturday
Next item: is
a buck with starter
antlers, the deer is easy to find, can't say the same for the rabbit
that got in the pic. (Would you have seen it if I hadn't told ya?)
July 1, 2001 - Bucks with starter antlers.
1, 2001: I did some work around my food plot area, the main project
was tearing down the fence that interferes with the focus of my camera.
This morning it rained and later on I noticed a doe drinking from a wash
tub that was near my corral. So I filled the tub up, if they want water
there they can have it. Then I chopped up a bunch of prickly pear cactus
to see if they would eat it. This afternoon the first visitor was a young
doe. A couple more came and they browsed around. A Longhead
trotted up and almost ran inside my camera. A young
Buck with a reddish coat joined them. Soon a gray
Buck walked out of the trees. (He looks pretty thin.) It walked up
behind the reddish buck and stood still, apparently waiting to be acknowledged.
When the younger buck saw the gray buck it walked away (towards me) and
the gray buck followed him and goosed him on the butt a couple times, and
I got a pic of
the 2nd one. Finally, here's a solo pic of the gray buck. I did it
in wallpaper. Since he knows where we are, if we're lucky we can get pics
of his antler development in the coming weeks. (1024x768)
2, 2001: A Mountain Lion? Coyotes? Or Barbed
morning the same deer were in my food plot again so I went to the Hammer
Hole this afternoon. Before long a
young buck appeared 15 yards away on the edge of the cedars. It waited
awhile and then walked toward me.
It stopped and looked back. Then
I noticed something unusual about the deer. It had bad cuts
on it's leg and neck. Did it get caught in a fence? Did it escape a
mountain lion or coyote attack? No way to know. Later on 5 more deer came
up but the light was too low for pictures.
4, 2001: This afternoon I filled up the water barrel and scattered
some corn and nutritional pellets for the deer to eat. An early bird doe
came at 4:30 and drank
from the water barrel. Then she went to the stuff I scattered and,
her and a squirrel
munched it, side by side. The doe left and 5
deer came in around 7:30. I got several more pictures and when I looked
at them l saw two that were good find the deer type pics. (Tomorrow I'll
tell you how many were in each one.) Here's Find
Em' #1 and Find Em' #2.
5, 2001: Part of my food plot has seeded
and dried up so a couple of days ago. My bud Greg Weber told me that
he uses the Purina "game management system" and gave me the low down on
how to use it at my place. First, I bought some bags of Purina Deer Chow
for suplimental nutrition. Deer
Chow can be feed from an automatic feeder so I set one up where I've
been photographing the deer. Greg's instructons were to mix Deer Chow and
corn, half and half. So I
loaded the chow and corn into the feeder. The Chow is pellets and it
like this. This particular feed enhances fawn development. Plus, it
improves lactation and replenishes the "body stores" the does loose during
pregnacy. It also increases antler development. So this is a timely thing
what did the deer think of it this afternoon? Well, they avided the area,
but I made a big disruption there, so that is a reasonable reaction.
6, 2001: Friday, myself and Brent Jones and Mike Hyles of Bosque
Bowhunters went to Dallas to meet my buds Robbie & Cathy Cramer and
Texas music Icon Tony Dukes (along with the very cool Carol Galt). Ted
Nugent gave us all tickets to his show and back stage passes. The Nudge
rocked his 15,000 Starplex attendees. Backstage, Nugent circulated and
pesonally greated everyone. A group of grade schoolers were there and he
gave them extra time. Afterward, my buds and I went to one of my favorite
Dallas haunts, Adair's, in Deep Ellum. We had a fun time.
8, 2001: First Bomber Buck Of TheYear
Two buzzards flew up! A
3rd was perched on the nearby barbed wire fence. I stopped and got out
of my truck to see what was dead. The remaining buzzard launched into the
air and flew further down the fence. Something caught my eye in that direction,
the fanny side of a deer was disapearing in the trees. Another deer was
behind it. A buck. A big one! It popped out of the brush 50 yards in front
of me and spread out as it cleared the fence. The main beams were wide
and it already had times. It's still in velvet, of course, but it's antlers
are lots further along than the deer I've been photographing.
Then I continued on to the
Hammer Hole and moved my tripod 5 yards, where I think I can get better
pictures -- and also have more shot opportunities if the wild hogs show
up. It was mid afternoon and 101 degrees and, surprisingly, I saw over
a dozen deer driving in and out.
13 - The Deer Are Back!
I was beginning to wonder
if the Deer Chow pellets and their dispenser hadn't scarred the deer off
my place. Daytime deer traffic in the area came to a halt. Those fancy
pellets were piling up on the ground. But, bingo, a group of deer have
decided they like the chow and have showed
up the last two days. Thats good, they oughta bring more, too.
16 - B.U.C.K. - I woke up a little late and immediately
went to see if there were any deer in my food plot area. Two does were
there. I got my digital camera and mounted it on my tripod. But just when
I was about to take pics of the does I noticed something browninsh
red in the tall weeds at the woods line. The deer's head was down but
as it moved it's I noticed an object out in front of the deer's head. A
familiar object, antlers. He turned into the woods and as he made his exit
into the trees he raised his head. I acted quickly and got a 2nd pic. Check
this growing boy out! Afterward I drove into town and bought two more
bags of deer chow. I want to be sure this buck gets all the nutrients he
17 - First Fawn! More deer. And another promising trophy buck
The first deer in were the
buck and the doe he runs with. 4 more Does and a spike soon arrived.
Movement back at the treeline grabbed my attention. Great, it was a Fawn.
It stood at the edge
for awhile. Then itwalked
toward the other deer. The fawn walked directly to a doe
and joined her. Istarted seeing a few fawns in late May and June, but
this is the first one to let me get my camera on it. Meanwhile, an budding
8 point buck had come up by the H-Post of my barbed wire fence. I got the8
point's pic. It moved further ahead and watched
the other deer. But it didn't join them ... today.
18 - Twin Fawns! More deer. And a New Buck. Cool New Wallpaper, too.
the first deer I saw were the GreyFace buck and the doe he hangs out with.
Soon they both looked off into the brush and stood motionless, staring
for quite a while. Surprise, 2 fawns joined them. One of the fawns
went to Grey Face and began
licking his face. (Grey Face needs lessons in how to act like a buck.)
Several other deer came up and I soon noticed that one
of them had antlers. He was browsing and his head was down but soon
he raised his head up. It was another buck
that I haven't seen before. Then he turned his head and I could see
the antlers better. As he moved around a Spike
buck came up near him. He moved around and I got a good
pic of him by a doe. And then I got the "killer pic" of the day of
this buck, here it is as wallpaper. Enjoy: (1024x768)
19 - An 8-Point With Long Brow Tines
Several does arrived and
a spike buck appeared
in the brush on the edge of the trees. The spike came over to the food
plot area. Then the Eastern morning light illuminated antlers on the edge
of the trees. An 8-point
with long brow tines stood watching the other deer. He started walking
toward them. And stopped in the clear, yes, and stood still stared
intently at the spike buck. Then he left. Note: I've been checking
all the pictures I've been lucky enough to get, looking for the "Eyespot
Buck" from last year (he's the one on the right) but so far, no luck.
23 Scouting: Several does
and young bucks showed up during the afternoon. When the light was
just about gone I spotted a buck standing in the shadows. This bad boy
is considerably ahead of the other bucks -- in terms of antler development.
Because of the low light I had to max the camera's exposure and incoming
light settings. I managed to get 3 pictures of the buck before it got too
dark to get a pic. In two pics he was moving, so they were blurry. But
picture is ok. Lets hope this buck comes back so we can get a look
at him in the daylight.
Group: Some pictures turn out to be better than others. Here is a very
cool one of a 3 buck buddy group that were on the scene this morning. (1024x768)
24 Scouting: Series
Of Pics 8-Point with Long Brow Tines
I completed this series
of pics I took of the long brow tined 8-point in velvet. He returned
again and this time he was indeed Mr. Photogenic. The pictures are all
thumbnailed and show him walking around and checking out the area. Several
other deer, both bucks and does were already there and the buck aproaches
all of them.
This morning (July 27) went a lot better - The
from July 17 was the first to show, and
leave. Next, were Gray
Face and a Doe. Another doe came and before long I saw the white
spots and tan body of a Fawn at the wood's edge. Gray Face walked
over to it. The Fawn
walked out and joined the other deer. They groomed
one another and interacted. More deer came but eventually one doe and
a fawn were all
that was left. When they exited that was it for the morning. I also
put this up as a Thumbnailed Series that has several additional pics, lots
of folks tell me they love seeing young fawns and deer interacting.
Hammer Hole Report July 27 - When I arrived at my tripod overlooking
the woods road to the Hammer Hole and got settled in, it started raining.
I sat in it a while to see if the rain would last. Once I got a little
wet I figured it was here to stay so I walked back to my truck. The rain
stopped when I was almost home.
- The July 23 Buck Returns, And Brings His Buddy Group Along
from the get go, I saw bucks as soon as it was light enough to see clearly.
A young 6-point
that has a nice start on it's first rack. A 7-point
that stopped and stretched
out its neck. Then 3 different 8-points showed, #1,
The sun rose a little higher and 2
Big Boy Bucks came walking along the fence. All Right!!! One was the
buck I got the pic of on July 23. It was a 6-point
with a wide rack, its right brow tine makes a U-turn on the end. Here's
a closer side
view pic. Two big bucks joined the big 6 and I got the
group's pic as they browsed. One was a great looking wide
racked 9-point bomber.
& Photos, July 31, 2001:
morning I snuck over to one of my treestands on my own property. A good
number of deer moved through before there was good light. Two 6-ers browsed
by and then changed directions toward the Rolled Wire area. The gray-faced
buck and his companion doe and a fawn were next. The sun got higher and
the gray-face and fawn back walked by. If the doe was with them I didn't
see it. A 6-er that was probably one of the earlier ones walked by and
a lone doe came through.
Afternoon: I got a
pic as 2 does faced off. One reared up on it's hind legs but that pic was
blurry. The funny shaped 7-point came in. A doe stood in the shade for
half an hour. A young 8-pt and a 6-er approached a browsing doe, a gash
was on her left front leg. She moved clear of the buck, there was also
a cut on her ribs. Deer get injuries in the wild, it would be interesting
to know what happened.
| August | September
In August 2001
August is a month a of dramatic
change in the whitetail's life. Follow the bucks, day by day, as their
antlers grow and their bodies gain weight. Fawns sightings are more frequent
and does are ever present. Come with me through my pictues and as I scout
for them with my digital camera.
SEPTEMBER 2001 Scouting & Photos:
TIn September te bucks antlers
stop growing and they loose their velvet and we get to see what they will
look like this year. Most of the fawns loose their spots by the end of
the month. You notice the necks of the bucks begin to thicken. Rubs begin
to show up and the bucks hocks darken. And at the end of the month the
buck buddie groups begin to break up. Come along as I scout for a place
to put my ground blind on opening day, a spot that hopefully will be on
the route the 10-point with forked times will use.