Thanks to Neil Webb from Arkansas for sharing these unusual photos:
Mike: I’ve been overrun with coyotes this year, with 4 or 5 of the predators showing up at times, and the deer activity dropped to nothing. So imagine my surprise when I checked the camera and got these pictures. The feeders are only 5 feet apart. Pretty cool and like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I did see this little buck a week later chasing a couple of does, and that might help explain his behavior a little. Now if I can just see the coyote and put an end to his camera time! Love the show and keep supporting what we all love to do.
Check it out: the coyote comes to the feeder, looks at the deer, turns and looks at the camera, and they both start feeding side by side! This is an amazing twist to the predator/prey relationship and I can’t explain it. What do you think?
Mike: Thought I would share some pics of a brute I took off public land in Iowa with my bow. My best buck ever. I had a lot of trail cam pictures of him during the summer and hunted him hard, and it all came together on the morning of November 8th. He has 20 points and grossed in the 190’s.
—Thanks, Ben Fein
Ben, what a buck, congrats! This is one of the best hunting accomplishments of the 2013 season for sure, way to go man.
Check out the photo taken by a buddy of mine while crabbing on the Navesink River in New Jersey. This buck was dogging the doe up and down the river bank until she got fed up and jumped in to swim across. They swam a good 300 yards across that section which dumps out into the Atlantic about a 1/2 mile away. The way bucks chase does always amazes me. Just when you think you’ve seen it all!
Thanks to Mike Bauer, who shot this giant in Shelby Co. last week, for today’s guest blog:
It had been a long season with lots of up’s and down’s. Opening day of shotgun season I shot an 11-pointer only to have the people on the neighboring property tag my buck. I was pretty upset to say the least. I had been hunting him since bow season opened.
I spent Thanksgiving with my family and decided late Thursday night that I was going to hunt on Friday. My alarm went off and I kept hitting the snooze button. Got to the property a little late and rushed to get in my stand. But I had activity 5 minutes later.
A doe came to within 5 yards of my stand and stomped the ground for ten minutes in the dark. I kept thinking, “Please don’t blow and spook everything around me.” She finally left and 10 minutes went by. Shooting time.
I heard some crashing noise behind me to my right, and saw a doe coming up the hill. I looked behind and saw the buck trailing her. I knew immediately I was going to shoot this buck, now I just had to stop shaking and get the job done.
The doe came out 35 yards in front of me and I knew the buck was taking the same path. He stopped, and as I started to raise my gun, he looked dead at me. But he was more interested in the doe; as he turned and looked at her again, I was able to finish raising my gun and shoot.
He ran ten yards and stopped–he didn’t want to leave that doe—but then he took off running down the edge of the field and into the woods. I waited the longest 45 minutes of my life before I started looking for the buck. I glanced into the woods where he went in and saw him lying there.
It wasn’t until then that I realized how big he was! We haven’t scored him yet, but I’m guessing he will be in the 150s as a main-frame 8 with an extra point. His G-2s are over 13 inches long.-Thanks Mike B.
Mike: I thought you’d like to see the buck I shot with a muzzle loader in Oklahoma this year. He’s a cool looking buck with 18 points (15 score-able) and scores in the low 140′s.
The hunt was pretty awesome. He came in from the opposite direction that a doe came from, but turned around to follow her trail through a thicket before I could get a real good look at him or get a shot. I snort wheezed at him twice, and he came back out about 2 minutes later looking for the “buck” that had made the noise. One shot from the muzzleloader and he went about 20 yards.
The only downside for me is that I believe he’s a 3 year old. When he came across the old logging cut road I had about 2 seconds to judge whether he was mature, and with him quartering towards me I didn’t have a great angle of the size of his body. He’s wide and he has pretty good mass up along his left beam, which is what I could see when I shot. There’s a chance he’s 4, but his body was fairly small for our area (170 lbs). Regardless, he’s a very unique buck and I’m happy with him.
—Thanks, Greg Brownlee