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Archive for August, 2013

Meet the Hit List Bucks of 2013

I’m a firm believer in trail cameras. I think every avid whitetail hunter should have 4 or 5, more if you can afford it. They’ve become the most useful scouting tool of this century, and they’re becoming even more and more advanced every year. So enough of my short rant about how awesome trail cams can be. Let me introduce you to the bucks that have showed up on the property (very recently).

First off, we have two bucks that have been running around together. Cheech and T-Post are the names they’ve received. T-Post because of his amazingly tall brow tines that tower over the rest of his rack.

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Cheech is harder to recognize because he is farther off in this pic, but he’s a classic looking 8 pointer that would score in the 130’s maybe. I’m putting him on my hit list but one or two more seasons of growth could make him a real trophy with amazing symmetry. These two also run around with a younger buck called Mr. Krabs. He’s a three year old with a lot of potential. Last year as a two year old he had a nice rack with his last tines extending farther past his main beam points. This year he doesn’t have that characteristic in his rack, but his main beams and last tines still make a great looking crab claws still.

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Here is Mr. Krabs hanging out with T-Post. These three hit my biggest mineral lick very frequently later into the summer this year. I hope to see them hitting my Frigid Forage Big n Beasty plot even more this fall.

My next hit list buck is Longfellow, he’s a deer that could use more growth but would make an awesome buck to take because of the character in his rack. He’s been showing up on a piece of property we call The Jackson property all summer. He’s got a large pack of two year old bucks tagging along with him everywhere he’s been seen. This is a new piece of property that I’ll be hunting this year and I have a feeling he’ll swing by the stand a lot this fall.

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(he’s in the bottom corner of this pic, this is the only pic that shows his super long last points on his main beams.)

The pack of two year old bucks running with him is a great indicator of the future for these properties. Lots of young bucks means that hopefully down the line we see a lot more buck activity on the properties than what we’ve seen in the past.

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This next buck has only showed one pic. It’s hard to distinguish if it’s a different buck or just one of the hit list bucks previously noted, but I think it’s a buck who is very reclusive. He’s got a nice rack and he looks good in this pic, right in front of a stand on the edge of this field.

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Last but certainly not least on the hit list, and definitely he’s at the top of the list. Meet Thor, the old man on campus.Image

He’s at least a seven or eight year old deer, identifiable by his sagging back and belly. As for the name Thor, it was the only name I could think of for a deer I want to do nothing more than PUT THE HAMMER DOWN on him. His G2’s both split at the bases which just scream extra inches to score. I’m stepping out on a limb here saying this, but as a lifetime reader of Outdoor Life, I think this buck could be a contender for Deer of the Year. (Once again, huge claim but sticking to it.) Image

This once again is right in front of a stand on the edge of a large bean field. You can bet I wanna be in the stand here but I’ll have to be delicate with how much I hunt it. Image

Here’s another one just because he’s an awe inspiring (definition of awesome according to my college Literature professor) buck. He’s got a little buddy running around with him too I’ve called Peg cause his left side is just a little stump, a characteristic that’s been in the gene pool for a whole lot of years around here.

If you notice in the pics, the dates are all fairly close to each other. I’m guessing the recent spike in bucks on camera can come from the lower temps here lately this July and August, allowing for increased deer activity all around.

Thanks for reading again and I’m glad to share my hit list and the characters on it this year. I hope you readers have just as much luck as I’ve had with scouting this summer. An increase in hours in the field has been the main contributor I think to my recent success with scouting out these studs. It believe it’ll make a huge difference this year.

Good Hunting Folks!


My Long Lost Blog & My Summer Prep Work

Wow, it’s been almost a year since I started this blog and just as long since my last post. I apologize for my absence from my blog and anyone who reads it. As a full time college student I had priorities after deer season ended last year. After school I got wrapped up in my summer job and other things that seem to make life fly by. But in all of the clutter I never seem to wander from my thoughts and ideas for the up coming deer season. I’ve had a little free time and I decided to bring up the blog and share how my offseason has gone.

First off I’d like to share how the Pinch Point Plot worked out. It turns out it didn’t work out at all, life has a funny way of doing that to you. But turns out to cut an entire acre square of timber down would be extremely difficult and detrimental to the property I hunt. It was a good plan, it just seems I aimed a little to high with my resources I have access too.

The outcome of having to change food plot ideas has been just as exciting though. I found a spot about 100 yards to the east of one of my stands last fall that I had a lot of success with, and was able to see a bunch of interesting deer activity. This new spot was a cleared out area that came from the water plant doing test drilling for wells. This particular spot was not ideal for a well, but it is shaping up to be a great secluded plot to hunt come fall.

After a week full of brush clearing and weed eating, I was able to get my mothers tiller in and till the soil up and a day later I sewed Frigid Forage Big n Beasty brassicas in the whole area.

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I think this plot could be a huge success. It sits in the timber that seems to be a huge travel corridor for the deer. Travel corridors seem to be my favorite things to hunt here the past few years. i just feel it increases your odds of getting on a buck that is trying to stay secluded while cruising For does. There’s really two access points to this plot so I know exactly where the deer will be going and coming from. It also it completely surrounded by timber which could allow for a lot of daytime activity. The deer could move into the plot without feeling threatened. It’s got a lot of potential.

I’ve gotten a stand set up of the east side of the plot and hope to start hunting it after the first couple frosts hit. I’ll hopefully keep you posted as the season comes.

I’d like to give a little hint into my next post which will probably come tomorrow sometime. Earlier in the week I was able to check my trail cams. I’m pleased to tell you the cooler than normal August we’re having in MO is getting some MONSTER bucks moving and on camera. I’ve got 4 hit list bucks to share with you and I can’t wait to tell you how I plan to hunt them.

Good Hunting Folks!