Putting a game cam near the feeder that is close to the tree stand, I didn’t expect much, just a lot of doe. When I picked up the game cams and shut them down for now, there were pics of several bucks, a couple of them that had survived the season, were pretty good ones.
First there was a six pointer, a 2-1/2 year old that had picked on a bigger deer and got a couple of his tines broken off. He kinda’ took over the feeder. He showed up before midnight on Christmas day and since then has been a regular customer.
Thinking the one spike that I saw opening morning had been shot during the past season, all of a sudden, it turned up on the 13th. We’ll get him next season, but I hope he hasn’t gone nocturnal.
On the 16th a new buck, another survivor, showed up. It’s a young one, but with another years growth, should be a shooter and have much better horns next year.
Including me, this past season, hunters that I had talked to, within a couple of miles of my ranch, shot 5 nice bucks and I was worried that next season would be a little light on the buck side. However, seeing the pics from the game cams and with the 1 buck limit our fine State has hung around our necks, I bet that next season will be a good one too!
Within a month, I will place one game cam along a well used trail and see what comes along and the other will be on a feeder, hopefully, checking for turkeys. Maybe, I “need” one or two more?