If you’ll be setting out or moving cameras this weekend, try:
A small clearing in the woods 50 to 75 yards off an alfalfa, soybean or clover field. Mature bucks like to hang up in these areas in late afternoon before moving out to a field at dark.
Any bottleneck of thick cover on a deer trail that leads to or from a feed field.
Back in the woods toward a bed area where two or more drainages with thick cover come together. Oak trees dropping acorns nearby make the set even better.
Having spotted or photographed a big buck in a field or food plot, sneak in and set a camera on the nearest creek crossing, swamp edge, pond edge, etc. in the area. As summer deepens, mature bucks spend a lot of time hanging out near water in low, thick, shady areas.
Got this from our favorite hunting couple:
Hey Mike: Ellie and Zach here from Southern Illinois. Sorry we haven’t posted anything in a while. We just moved back from Pennsylvania two weeks ago from Ellie’s Internship. Soon as we got home we had the chance to set out one camera before our wedding (September 12th). When we finally got to check it, we found out all of these guys survived and we will be going after them in a month!
Wow, 4 great bucks. Numbers 1 and 2 are probably the most mature, but I like #3.
Good luck guys on the hunting, and the wedding. Congrats!
Mitch on Facebook says: My top hit-lister “Zeus” is starting to show up during daylight… I know he is 6.5 based on history with him. I hope this is the year we get to bring him home in the truck!
Nathan emailed the unique buck below and said: Mike, love your show and website. My buddy and I picked up a new lease and had this big guy show up on camera. We call him Dagger! Is it unusual for a mature buck to show up in daylight this time of the year?
It is not unheard of for bucks like these to be visible in daylight in August. Some bucks are simply not as nocturnal as others. I told Nathan that he needs to hunt Dagger asap when his bow season opens. The later we progress into fall and toward the rut, and the more a buck feels the first hint of human pressure, the more likely he is to go nocturnal overnight.
Great bucks boys, good luck!
From our friend Danny: It’s a little hard to see him, but the deer on the right has earned the name “Junior.” I haven’t gotten a close-up picture of him in about 3 weeks. The last clear pic I got, I was able to study his rack pretty good. By everything I can tell he has Spike’s genes (hence Junior). Right now he is a main-frame 9 with a kicker off the right brow tine (same as Spike had). I believe he is 3 years old. It’s going to be hard to pass him up if he walks by. But, I know what he could potentially turn into next year.
Pic #2 from Danny: This is what “The Freak” has become. He and Junior are in the same bachelor group of 8 bucks. I won’t have any trouble letting an arrow loose on this guy. Very unique. I think he has 12 points in that mess.
Tommy sent me image #3 on Twitter with the message: Pretty good buck for NC…3 weeks till bow season!
Send us your buck pictures.
Hey Mike! Just wanted to say hello and drop this on your screen to get u pumped for the 2015 season. Maybe a 200-incher TYPICAL!
Should be a great “horn year” with all the rain we had early, send more pictures.