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2004 Scouting logs and on the spot pictures -- by Robert Hoague
Scouting Logs & PIctures For: 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 |

A Deer Hunt About To Be In Progress ...
Scouting For Deer 2004: a photo journey

Online Food Plot - Plans & Planting

At the ATA Archery Trade Show I discussed making and covering a food plot online with Mike Massey of PlotSpike wildlife food plot products. Mike  had me send him soil samples. I did and he promptly sent the right seeds for my area. We are going to follow it online. Plans, Planting & Progress (w PIcs)

Water Where There Isn't Water

(L) Pouring water (larger pic) (R) A young buck (larger pic) that was drinking the water -- water is on the right side of the pic.

Something that has worked real well for me the last few years is to create a small watering hole close to a deer bedding area. Deer and wild turkeys will frequently make it their first and last stop of the day. I call this area The Point.

Originally I made a mineral lick and before long the deer ate and pawed out a hole in the ground that was several inches deep. I noticed that when it rained the hole filled up with water. And while it was very rare to see a deer eating the minerals, they regularly came to the Point to drink the water.

I started taking water to it in 55 gallon plastic drums. They're too heavy to lift off my truck but I can dump the water out, no problem. It's a fair amount of work lugging the water but it brings in deer. 

An example is the buck Buddy Group that was drinking there during the 2002 deerhunt. Also, here are pics are of a buck that has been drinking here this year (Buck 1 and Buck 2). And several bucks from 2002 caught on film drinking the water. 

Secret Spot #3 - One more buck!

I hung a TrailTimer EZ Cam 500 on a fence post where it could monitor a faint deer trail that comes under the fence. And the TrailTimer EZ Cam finds me another 8-pt. GO...

Checking The Hammer Hole & Secret Spots #1 & #2

TrailTimer pictures in two areas I've never hunted, but have been thinking about for some time. Secret Spots #1 & #2. And one more look at the Hammer Hole.

TrailTimer Pics At The Slew Hole

During the bear hunt the TrailTimer watched one of the trails leading to the Slew Hole area. Pics

Aug 11 - I picked up my TrailTimer Pictures from the Wal-Mart 1 hour place. As you can see above, they were worth looking at. To Pics...

Some For Sure, Good Deer Pictures

After daylight I saw over a dozen deer. Some days they give you better pictures than others. Today was one of those 10 days. To the Pics.

It's Time To Look For The Bucks

TrailTimer game camera at the Point.
My main food plot area has does and fawns visiting it regularly. And it is the easiest place for me to get pictures. This year bucks are not hanging out here yet. So it's time to locate them. Today I put out 3 TrailTimer EZ-Cam game cameras in three different places: on the fence where it can see what deer cross back and forth at the Point, watching the Hammer Hole woods road, and overlooking two deer trails at the Slew Hole (no pic). We will check them in a few days.

Getting Bigger All The Time
(Aug 2)
Pics of a fawn on August 3, 2004. This fawn is much larger than the ones in previous pictures. Notice it's spots, they have lost their bright white color and are beginning to fade. Go...
June 29 - Pics of a Buck In Velvet
Daybreak. Pouring rain. I went back to bed. 
When the rain stopped an hour later it woke me up so I watched my food plot area for awhile. A buck in velvet came into the area and walked around. It let me get 4 good pics
Sunshine Deer - (July 28) 
Here are a few select pics of the deer I saw this morning. The sunlight made for some cool lighting effects: a doe and fawn (it's growing too). Two does making aggressive postures at each other. A near surreal pic of a flagging deer. And a wallpaper of my favorite deer picture for the year, so far. I call it Sunshine Deer. (1024x768) (800x600) (640x480)

First Fawn Pictures of the Year - I've seen fawns since June 8. But couldn't get a picture of any. But this morning I did when a doe walked by that had 2 fawns. Fawn Pic #1 and Fawn Pic #2.

July 5, 2004: Gettn' Close - This afternoon a doe co-operated very nicely with my photographic intentions and got within extra close-up camera range. I made a brief photo gallery of the doe for you. I had to have the closest, and best, pic for my computer wallpaper. And if you enjoy this eye to eye pic as much as everyone who has seen it so far ere it is in Wallpaper sizes: (1024x768) (800x600) (640x480)

First BUCKS - In June

June 28 - I've been big time anxious to see bucks out moving around sporting their new velvet antlers. Today was the day. TO: 7 Pics of June 28's bucks.

First Fawn Sighting - June 8
This morning I saw a fawn with a doe. It is the first fawn I've seen so far this year. Unfortunately it all came down so fast I couldn't get a picture. But there will be others.

Buck With New Antlers A Growin'
Buck with starter antlers
An hour before dusk I moved my Double Bull blind further down the fence line that runs to the Point. Before long a buck with starter antlers in velvet walked down the fence in my direction. I got 3 good close pics. To The Buck's Pics

Pics as a doe waters at the Point
From my Double Bull blind near the Point I saw a doe approaching along the opposite side of the fence. It checked things out and stepped through the gaping hole in the fence.
It drank briefly from the small watering hole and then I got the doe half way through the fence in pic #4 and in pic #5 with a back leg still on my side. To All The Pics...

First Buck With Antlers - May 6, 2004
During my Rio Grande spring hunt a thing very cool happened on May 6, I saw and got a pic of the first buck I've seen with visible antlers this year. First Buck With Antlers - May 6

Scouting Logs & PIctures For: 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 |

Scouting For Deer In 2003
Scouting Logs & PIctures For: 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 |
Experience the deer growing throughout the year, from the first fawns & first buck in velvet to the last day's before deer season.


Scouting For Deer Season 2002: a Photo Journey
Scouting Pics & Notes From 2002: May, June & July
Scouting Pics & Notes From 2001: June & July | Aug | Sept |

Fathers & Sons & The Licking Tree (Wallpaper)
Fathers & Sons: Notice the difference in the size of the two bucks. Here is a wallpaper for ya. (1042x768) (800x600) (640x480

Scouting Pics & Notes From 2001:
June & July | August | September |

NorthStarr Treestand
Scent Killer
Innerloc Broadhead
Archery Targets
Venum Peep Sight
Jim Fletcher
Plotspike Food Plot
Double Bull
AZ E-Z Fletch
Golden Key Futura
Hunt Recorder
Fine-Line Archery
Rope Ratchet
Sticks N Limbs
Freddie Bear Sports

Scouting Wallpaper
From 2002

Big Boy Wallpaper

July 21 - I got a cool picture of July's Big Boy Buck interacting with a doe. (1042x768) (800x600) (640x480

First Buck With Visible Antlers (1024x768) (800x600) (640x480)

This years first buck in velvet. (1042x768) (800x600) (640x480)

My game camera catches a doe walking past my tripod: (1024x768) (800x600) (640x480)

Fathers & Sons - (1042x768) (800x600) (640x480

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