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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.)
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!