Here’s a buck from a few years ago. We called him BigTen, the neighbors called him BigLouie.
I took the video from inside the lodge, through a window, on a warm, t-shirt day. I had been outside when I spotted a doe running out of the standing corn, up onto the savanna, followed by a buck of good size. I backpedalled into the lodge, picked up the binocs and realized it was BigTen with the doe.
Now to find the video camera, which was downstairs in my hunting pack. After finding the pocket sized video camera, I headed upstairs and started filming through the window, zooming the distance of 200-250 yards. At one point the doe and BigTen both bed down.
What you see on the video is BigTen browsing, temporarily losing track of the doe, then heading towards the lodge and finally picking up her scent when he heads west, or broadside to the camera.
During archery season, we spotted this trophy many times, but no closer than 40 yards. One hunter drew on him, but didn’t shoot. He was hunting on the creek when he heard a huge splash. The buck had jumped into a deep fishing hole, so the hunter only saw the bucks rack and head crossing the creek. The hunter couldn’t stop him.
This is just one more example how a bluebird day, supposedly terrible for hunting, can produce a trophy buck during the rut.
Thought this deer behavior was interesting. Have no clue if this happens often or not. Maybe the extreme cold had something to do with this bedding behavior. The first photo shows a fawn doe in her bed. The second photo shows a small buck has arrived, who bumps the fawn out, then beds down in the same spot. Photo taken near Middle Oak Stand.
With my back to the creek, I heard a splash.
It wasn’t the crash and splash one expects during the rut. This wasn’t a chase scene that, if you’re lucky, can be heard through the entire valley on a calm day. This was simply the sound of a deer, quietly entering the creek. The sound of a relaxed deer, possibly getting a drink of water.
I had climbed the stand in the morning darkness. Now in the waning light of days end, I glanced over my shoulder. It was a buck in the creek, partially hidden by tag alder. A second later, I realize it was a shooter buck. Thought I saw a drop tine behind the alder, so it must be Hole in the Horn. I can feel the adrenaline rush now as the trophy whitetail walks across the creek.
Being that it was late in the day, I previously had taken the bow off the bow hook, and was holding it with release attached. I was sitting with my body adjusted left, facing where I expected a deer to cross. Hole in the Horn was drinking, while slowly, calmly walking up stream, partially hidden by tag alder. I draw back, while Hole in the Horn is behind the last bunch of tag alder, expecting him to enter a clearing and head north, where he would present a broadside shot. He steps out of the creek, enters the clearing, but heads west, towards another alder bunch. No time left, so I grunt loud, he stops. The lit nock lasers toward him, in an arc, covering the 25-30 yards. Shot looks perfect at impact. 50 yards later it appears he piles up in the brush. Later on its confirmed. He went down exactly where I thought.
Are they sparring, or just chatting? I just had to post this photo, which I did NOT retouch. When this trail cam photo had its turn on the computer, I couldn’t help but think that nobody is going to believe this. It looks so foreign. The vertical lines and red summer coats really stand out among the green backdrop. I guarantee this is right out of the trail cam, yet I don’t know how to prove it to you. I believe the meta data would prove that it wasn’t worked on in photoshop, but don’t have time to figure that out.
Believe it or not.
We’ve replaced a few of our smaller, well worn deer stands. These new 360˙deer stands are 6′ tall and 6′ across. There is plenty of room for multiple hunters, rifle or archery. Archery hunters probably prefer a tree, however, if the wind is howling like a jet, or the rain is dripping down your neck, then these stands offer a great alternative, keeping you safe and dry. The stands are shown here with the windows open.
These stands are perfect for a father/son tandem, or photographer/hunter, two friends, whatever works. The older I get, the more I enjoy scouting or filming for another hunter.
Many of you know how difficult it is to keep tract of the constantly moving deer activity. It takes intense concentration observing deer and other wildlife when you’re watching 40 or more acres. Swing left to right once, return, and the scene has changed drastically, more deer in, more deer out. That’s why an extra observer in the stand works out nicely.
Thanks to Tony, Ryan and Braden (Little Big Man on the tractor) for building the platforms. Braden is 11 now, and not just a helper, he’s part of the crew.
For seats we currently have a variety of styles, from swivel boat seats, to folding chairs to 5 gallon buckets with a swivel top. Let me know if you have any seat suggestions out there.
Email: TrophyBucks@me.com or call 612-520-1711. Thanks! Don