A group of fellow Virginia hunters in the southern part of the state is practicing quality management and growing some big deer. This year they’ve added a few more food plots and gone heavy on corn plots to mix it up. They have some studs on the farm this year, including the two great 8-pointers above. The top buck is “Junior,” now fully mature at 4/5 years old. The guys say: “Thank God for passing hunting on Sunday in Virginia! Should be a special year here…”
Here’s a buck one of our bloggers in the Midwest is looking forward to seeing to this fall. He asked for thoughts on age and score. Hard to tell in camera photos sometimes, but looks like a 3/4-year-old 140-class buck w/really nice brows. What do you think?
Keep the trail camera photos coming, bucks are looking good!
One of our bloggers sent us the first good buck of 2014, which we posted back on June 27 and post again (top).
Here’s a look at him now in the images below.
With that first post I said the buck’s antlers, including those brows, would continue to grow into mid-August. Several people commented that brow tines seem to develop early in the antler cycle, and might not grow more as I had suggested.
As you can see, we were both right. Brows do develop early, especially as compared to tines, but the brows have continued to grow, and the tine length has exploded. Another great 2014 buck, good luck to the hunter.
A bowhunter from a state that is not in the Midwest tweeted this: @mikehanback ”buck coming every day 5:20 am and 7:30 PM. And his travel buddy (below) ain’t bad either!”
Big racks showing up everywhere…what about where you hunt, seeing any, getting any good pictures?
The hunter who sent the video of the drop-tine buck pulled his cards and here’s what he got. Huge drop w/mass, dream buck! And look who is traveling in the bachelor group with the drop, another giant, this one w/incredible tine length (pictures 2 and 3 below).
And our good friends Zac and Ellie had been watching a couple bucks for the past 2 weeks. One day when the wind was right they snuck in, set up a camera and captured the great picture below. Fantastic work guys.
From these cam images and others I’m seeing, I now officially proclaim that 2014 will be a big rack year, much better than last year.
Send me your trail camera images to get us even more fired up, I’ll never reveal your location (or more importantly the location of the buck you’ll be hunting).
This image was posted on the Virginia Whitetails Facebook about 20 hours ago:
Doug sent this trail cam pic of some great Cumberland County bucks.
Love that high-tower rack, and the buck on the right is no slouch either.
It was a good rack year here in the Old Dominion in 2013, and if these bucks are an indication, gonna be great again this year.