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
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
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
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
It's Time To Look
For The Bucks
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.
All The Time
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
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
- (July 28)
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
flagging deer. And a wallpaper of my favorite deer picture for the
year, so far. I call it Sunshine Deer. (1024x768)
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
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:
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'
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.
The Buck's 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
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.
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. Here
is a wallpaper for ya. (1042x768)
Pics & Notes From 2001:
& July | August | September