UPDATE: Big Freak Buck on Camera

big freak updateHere’s an update on the biggest and coolest buck I’ve seen growing in the summer of 2015.

The hunter reports: So a storm blew over the tree this wireless camera is on, but you can still see he’s put on some serious growth since the last picture I had of him a month ago.

This deer has a relatively large body, but his antlers actually make his body look small.

The sleepless nights have already begun….

I wrote the hunter back and told him good luck, he is about to hunt the buck of a lifetime. He responded:

I’ve never seen anything like him before, and probably never will again. I would just love to see this deer in person! He’s amazing! I’ll send you more pics as they come in.

We look forward to it.

Summer Trail-Camera Tips

Treesh IN buck summer 2008A lot of hunters have had their cameras out for weeks or months, but right now is when I like to start my annual big-buck recon in earnest. In mid-July the bucks’ velvet antlers are well up and growing full bore; if you see or get an image of a big one, you’ll immediately know it. The bucks haven’t been hunted, or even disturbed by a man in their woods, for 7 months, so they are laid back and “camera ready.”

It’s just like hunting. The first time you sit in a tree stand—or the first time you set a cam—is the best time to shoot a big deer, or get an image of a giant like the one pictured here.

Saturday my friend Jack and I hung a Plotwatcher Pro time-lapse video camera on a one-acre alfalfa plot hidden back in the timber. We moved on and set 5 more cameras on other plots but not looking into them. Rather, we set these cams 20 to 40 yards back in the cover that rimmed the edges, over old mineral licks and/or near well-used deer trails. Secluded, thick pockets and bottlenecks like this are where you’re apt to get your first images of a big velvet buck working the area.

One more tip. Say you spot a shooter in a field or plot and/or get some images of him, and say there’s a riverbed or creek within a half-mile or so. Sneak into that water source and set a secondary camera or two on a deer trail with fresh tracks. As summer deepens, mature bucks spend a lot of time hanging out near cool, running water. Even in this summer of rain they will do it, because it is shady and a jungle of cover in there. If you get lucky and set your cams in the right spot, you can find out not only where the big deer is feeding , but also where he’s bedding by the water.

Send me your cam pictures to post.


Trail Cam Monday: Bucks & Sheds

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From our friend and longtime blogger Scott from Michigan:

Hi Mike: Only the end of June and this guy is looking pretty nice. Great brow tines, one starting to split, and thinking he could pop a couple G4’s yet. Hopefully he sticks around as these are the first trail cam pics of the year for me. Will check again in a couple weeks.

pa john shedsFrom our friend John in PA: I made a trip up and back to the Allegheny National Forest yesterday to check cameras. No big deer but, here’s a pic of the 30 sheds I found on a few trips up there this spring. Some pretty nice bucks around for next season!

Send us your cam pictures or any pictures of you getting ready for the 2015 season, it will be here before you know it!




More Trail Camera Bucks 2015

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First photo I got from a fellow on Twitter, a real nice 8-point shaping up somewhere in southern Missouri.

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Last 2 are living and growing on public land in the East; both photos (pics from computer screen) from early May. “One has stuck around and is looking good, and the other is hard to get pictures of,” says Stewart.

Send me your buck images anytime (mikehanback@yahoo.com), the more we look at the better as we get hopped up for the 2015 season.