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!
Good luck guys on the hunting, and the wedding. Congrats!
Hi Mike: Two weeks ago I set up a camera in a slightly different area and got this buck. He has some sort of an abscess, or growth, below his right cheek. I’m going to try and get him on the opener of bow, but we’ll see how that plays out. I’m going to use my cameras to see if I can pinpoint his bedding area during Sept. As you know it’s a delicate balancing act with a buck of this caliber. I believe him to be 5 now.–Anonymous
Hey Mike: This is a buck we call “Legend.” We began chasing him after I found his shed lying in his bed in late January. I have never seen him on the hoof and thought he only had a sliver of the property I hunt as his home range, but now we have gotten pictures of him in a known bedding area in the heart of our property. I will keep you updated on this story. His shed from last year was 71 inches with a 10 ½” brow tine. Good luck, Dan from WI
Hey Mike: Big fan of the blog. I just recently put out my game camera here and have 2 nice bucks on cam already. What makes it really exciting is that I have multiple daylight pictures of this buck! Thanks, Nick from Southern MO
Great bucks guys and thanks for sharing, good luck!