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7/18/2010: Scouting


Sunday I went out for my first check of my new trail cams. My wife was down in New Orleans for a bachelorette party, so I brought my new labradoodle puppy, Chloe, with me on the outing. Here's a pic; she's a good little dog and super-intelligent. I'm hoping to train her on blood trails this season.

Chloe

We spent the night at the Brown House and got up early to start checking cams before the heat got too intense. I brought along the pet carrier to keep her in while I walked into my camera sets. I did not want her to spread her scent around the areas and also get into any ticks or fleas.

Our first stop was my at the spot right off of the Swamp Line where a ridge runs along the east side of a small slough. I had a little trouble finding the camera but whipped out my GPS and eventually found it. As I stumbled into the cameras field of view drenched in sweat, I quickly realized two things: (1) my attempts at staying cool were futile and (2) this camera was not functioning properly. I half-expected the latter to be the case, as I had left this particular unit without it firing a test pic. The sensor was not getting out of "walk-test" mode.

I also noticed that the mineral lick had not been touched, and there were no tracks on the ground. Hearing the yips of my lonely pup in the distance, I quickly pulled the cam, threw it in my backpack, and hurried back to her.

The next stop was another swamp set. This particular location is in the southeast corner of the largest slough on the property. I sometimes refer to it as "Angus Slough" or "Angus Swamp." Parking the UTV where the hardwood timber meets the CRP, I put Chloe in the kennel and eased towards the location. As I rounded the bend on the dim road which leads to the old Rat Stand, I jumped a doe that was feeding on honeysuckle only 20 yards ahead. She left in a hurry--heading in the direction of my camera.

I got to the camera and noticed that the mineral lick had been getting some action. Pulling the memory card, I noticed that I had over 200 pics with this cam. Now that's more like it! Here are some pics from this location:

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Hopping back on the UTV, Chloe and I headed for Angus Ditch where I had positioned another camera on a well used trail. This location was near a known bachelor group bedding area. I noticed I only had a handful of pics on this camera, but I went ahead and poured out a bag of Wildgame Innovations Buck Bran feeling pretty sure that there were bucks in the area. I was disappointed when I later looked at the pictures and only had a pesky opossum as my only visitor:

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We then headed east along the Angus Ditch and crossed on the large culvert heading north towards my grandparents' house. As I made the left-hand turn, I noticed a young buck caught out in the wide open outside of the tall corn rows. He looked to be a basket 8 point, and he quickly turned and disappeared into the golden sea of ripened corn.

After a quick stop at the house to visit with my grandpa and drop off Chloe for a short stay, I crossed the street and checked the camera near Devil's Hole. There appeared to be minimal action at the mineral block and only a handful of pics, so I elected to relocate the camera. Here are a couple of pics that it did manage to capture:

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The rest of my outing was pretty uneventful. I moved the Devil's Hole cam further west down the levee on a well used trail in a funnel. My two other camera locations were busts, and I ended up moving the cam from the Harry Cook cut to a spot where Unc had spotted two potential shooter bucks the week before while doing some road work on the property (off of Loop Rd).

I let Chloe get out and take a walk with me very briefly while I placed the last trail cam, and we even managed to jump up a little fawn (Chloe never noticed). Unfortunately, my wife later noticed that she had dozens of little field ticks crawling all over her, so I will be taking pup's place in the doghouse for awhile.

Overall it was a productive trip. I'm impressed with the performance of my homemade cameras and excited to get the young 10pt and nontypical on camera. I'm also quite happy with the success the does are having with fawn recruitment this year. October 1st can't get here soon enough!

 
 
 
 
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wvpymbr
Posted: 8/17/2010
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Awesome pics man
Outonalimb
Posted: 8/8/2010
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Great pics! That camera works great also. Those big boys will show up soon enough. Healthy looking deer and the one buck looks to be promising. He looks to be 9 or 10 pointers so far.
allflockedup
Posted: 8/2/2010
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Well done on the homemade cameras, the pics turned out very well!!

I can't wait for opening morning, these pics really get the blood pumping, keep em coming.

Great looking pup btw!
HunterMom
Posted: 8/1/2010
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Great Pictures!! Chole is a cute little puppy.
claw79
Posted: 7/30/2010
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Those images are very vivid, great job!
evilbeliever
Posted: 7/30/2010
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Those are great pics from the cams!! Sorry you did not get the pics you wanted of the bucks, hopefully soon though.

Great looking pup, hope she catches on quick for you on tracking!!!!
DuckBuckGoose
Posted: 7/30/2010
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The pics look great and those deer look really healthy....well done!

Not sure why the pics are showing so large on this page. I'll look into that.

Thanks for sharing!

 
 
 
 
   
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