Ten minutes earlier, an 8 point buck went by on the same path. Jeremy took some video of the 8 and sent it to me. Shortly after, this 10 point buck showed up 10 yards in front of him, in the open. Temps were in the low 20’s, and yesterdays moisture had frozen on his bow. So when Jeremy drew back, his bow cracked the frozen moisture, scaring the buck. The buck bolted 25 yards, then stopped in a clearing, where he was double lunged immediately. 50 yards, or less, and the WI trophy buck was down. While Jeremy didn’t hit the heart this time, the buck didn’t go far. It seems all of his deer are down within 50 yards. Ya Gotta Love That!!
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.