Feb 24 - This morning
my camera was busy. I got some cool deer pics of deer doing their thing,
plus one pic of a buck that has shed its antlers. To
The Deer Pics...
When Do The Bucks
Start Growing Antlers?
20, A Special Day
Today was my first time
to check out my newest stand site, a tripod in thick brush at the doorway
to the deer bedding ground in the Back 200. At 5:30 I spied a large deer
on the trail that led to me. It walked in the trail, totally unconcerned.
SURPRISE! This deer was a buck with his new 2002 antlers bulging from his
head. I got a picture and then zoomed in on his head. Woops, a message
flashed on my camera telling me that its CD was full. Four more deer used
the trail this afternoon. I was worried the pic would be bad because that
has happened before on the last pic. But it was good. So here is the
first Buck of 2002, walking down the trail .. to me and to you. Enjoy.
25 Monday Afternoon)
My friend Shanna, who has
never hunted before, came over to wild hog hunt and help take pictures.
There are two tripods in the Hammer Hole that are close together and we
each got in one. Before long I saw a deer's legs moving in the brush and
I quickly looked toward Shanna to signal her so she could take pictures.
She already had her camera in action. She first saw the deer when it was
15 yards behind me (I hadn't seen it yet) and she got its pic. She kept
on as the deer came out of the brush onto the woods road and walked toward
us. Then another deer joined it. Here
are 6 pics she took, beginning with the deer behind me. Later we heard
wild hogs fighting a couple hundred yards away but none came to us.
Deer 2002 - The Bucks Are Back !!!
31 (8:34 am) - This morning at daybreak I watched a group of deer move
through my food plot area. Before long a buck with starter antlers in velvet
came up. I took pictures of all of them and here is a Thumbnailed
Gallery of them. Plus, here is a wallpaper sized, close-up picture
of this years first buck in velvet. (1042x768)
moved late this morning, the first ones were at 7:50am. I photographed
two bucks (in velvet with starter antlers), two does getting an attitude
with each other, and the other deer that were in the area -- one got within
a few yaards of me. Here are
the pics. One was a crippled doe, she has a broken left rear leg
and limps badly -- my guess is she got it caught jumping a fence and broke
it getting loose or had some other accident. Otherwise, she is fat and
healthy and about to drop a fawn. Sightings of deer with broken legs are
not a daily occurrence but it does happen and those deer adapt and get
along ok. Here is a short video clip of the crippled
10 - The Crippled Doe Returns
sunrise this morning I slipped out to my closest picture blind. At first
light I saw a deer approaching and by it's walk I knew it was the crippled
doe that I videoed a few days ago.
I took 5 pics of the doe,
beginning with its approach in the near dark and ending with a very close
- Young Buck
returned to the Hammer Hole. There was zero wild hog action but I did see
a young buck with starter antlers. It walked out of the brush on a trail
and strolled down the edge in my direction and re-entered the woods underneath
my tripod stand. Here
are the Thumbnails.
Deer Were Moving This Morning
14) First light reflected off the back of a doe as it came into my photo
blind area. Next up were some racoons. A couple of does came to water in
my make shift water place, just the kind they like. The crippled doe and
10 other does came in. I lucked out and got 3 pictures with agressive
doe behavior in progress. Enjoy
the pics. It's the next best thing to being there.
FAWNS !!! First
Sighting Of The Year
my first fawn for the year is always a big day. Sure we all know they are
out there, but the does keep them hidden until they figure the new fawns
can come along with them. Here
are 9 very cool fawn pics. One of them ran around the entire time
and I only managed one picture of it. The other was a camera hog. Ahhh,
life is good.
last few days I have had no buck sightings. Today changed my luck. I spotted
two bucks in velvet walking along the fence that borders this years not
doing so well food plot. I took several pics but on most of them my camera
focused on the fence rather than the deer and the pics were blurry. However,
these two pics were ok. If you have time take a look at the buck
on May 31 and you can see how their antlers are progressing.
FOR 2002 - Grooming
got some cool pictures this weekend. I spied two deer in the brush. Soon
they came closer, a doe and a young buck. They started to groom one another
by licking licking each others face. They did it at two different places
and I was real close. Buck
& Doe Grooming...
FOR 2002 (Wallpaper)
game camera catches a doe walking past my tripod stand in the Hammer Hole.
First Big Boy
Buck Of The Year!
8 - I quietly slipped into my photo blind in the dark. Soon daylight's
first rays let me see around the area. I saw a deer's tail flick and checked
it out. There were antlers on the deer and even in the dim light I could
tell this buck already had a nice rack. I got busy with my camera. MORE...
Scouting The Rolled
Wire - Looking For Big Boy
10 - I want to see if I can find where July's first Big Boy buck comes
on my property. So I started with the Western fence and went to the Rolled
Wire area and put up my double bull ground blind. On the way in I got a
cool pic of a fawn walking along the fence. Most of the traffic was 90
yards away as 11 does used that crossing. A young buck hopped the fence
and walked toward me. It saw the blind and I got a picture of him being
nervous (you'll recognize the look). Then he stared at it for a while.
He decided not to worry and walked on by. Then he joined a doe and the
two of them moved on. It sure was cool, I always love seeing the new fawns.
And having that buck only a few steps away made my day. To:
SCOUTING - Bingo!
Big Boy Returns!
12 - Daylight was coming on slowly. A few deer milled around the edge
of the nearby gully. Even though his head was down I saw a thick antler
on the largest bodied deer. He lifted his head up, there was no doubt it
was the buck I was looking for. I managed a couple more pictures, good
ones even in the advancing morning light. The buck walked over to the edge
of the gully and walked down into it and disappeared. I noticed the left
antler has a bulb on it, he is growing another point and his main beam
is growing. It is early, only July 12 and he has a lot of antler growing
to do. Here Are
FAWNS & DOES
-- SCOUTING FOR DEER
and does. Fawns are rare to see until August & September arrives. Here
are a few
I FIND THE BUCK!
a couple of afternoons watching the Rolled Wire area I moved to the opposite
fence where I could see the major deer crossing on Shoemaker's Fence. I
got lucky. At 6:05pm the July Big Boy Buck walked out of the thick brush
and approached the crossing. I got two pictures. The
July Big Boy Buck!
More New Bucks
Last year the bucks started
showing up on July 17. This year I'm seeing them earlier. First, here are
growing bucks I saw in the morning. Next I went to the Hammer Hole
and the two bucks that were button bucks in March showed up with their
year's, still growing, antlers in velvet.
Sons & The Licking Tree
& Sons: Notice the difference in the size of the two bucks. Here
is a wallpaper for ya. (1042x768)
July 15 - This morning
I got a pleasant surprise. July's first Big Boy buck returned to the area
he was in on July
12. I recognized his rack (remember it's still growing) and looked
through my camera's viewfinder. Good, there was pretty good available light
and I got a pic of the buck. He walked under the limbs of a tree that the
deer use as a licking tree. He got to licking and pulling the limbs and
I took pictures. There were several more pics but in most of them his head
was a blur because of his movement in the limited light. As you see a first
year buck came up and was very excited about what he saw. Here
Are The Pics from the Licking Tree
Big Boy Buck Came Back
July 28 - This time it was
good daylight when the buck appeared. He didn't stick around long but I
got 5 nice clear pictures. The tines on his antlers are definitely longer
now than when we saw him last. AND the bump on the left antler has turned
into the 9th point. He be lookin' good.
Big Boy Again
July 30 - I spied him coming
out of the woods. He browsed near the edge and then approached the other
deer, which fortunately for me, were in good photo distance from my blind.
This time you can see him real good, all 9 points and the new point starting
on the right side. Lots of photos of the big boy buck and the other deer,
bucks, dopes and fawns. Enjoy...
Pics & Notes From 2001:
& July | August | September
was a super year for my online deer scouting commitment. We followed the
deer from May thru the day before bow season.