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#3334726 - 08/24/13 10:17 PM Been a weird year
Beardendy88
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This has been a pretty weird "preseason" for me so far. Mainly due to the fact I've only had one good buck on camera. I know just because they ain't on camera doesn't mean anything but its different from last year where I had many buck pics. Hopefully it is just due to the amount or rain we've had and the Availability of green foods. I really haven't been running my cameras like I should as well. I went on vacation in June, checked my camera before I left and came back at the end of July and I never turned it back on 👍!!! I've also had cattle destroying my mineral licks which has never happened. I get plenty of does on cam with healthy fawns but honestly no bucks on cam is aggravating. Ready for September 28th!!
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#3334763 - 08/24/13 11:12 PM Re: Been a weird year [Re: Beardendy88]
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#3334778 - 08/24/13 11:34 PM Re: Been a weird year [Re: Boone 58]
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ive heard a lot of people say that. ive seen a whole lot of big bucks but I don't run cameras. I go out a few times a summer in the evenings and just see for my own eyes. which I really really enjoy. but im sure they are there! just a little bitty space your really seeing with your camera so you never know.
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#3334784 - 08/24/13 11:48 PM Re: Been a weird year [Re: deerhunter10]
Beardendy88
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 Originally Posted By: deerhunter10
ive heard a lot of people say that. ive seen a whole lot of big bucks but I don't run cameras. I go out a few times a summer in the evenings and just see for my own eyes. which I really really enjoy. but im sure they are there! just a little bitty space your really seeing with your camera so you never know.

Your exactly right. I think with the amount of rain we've had and how great soybeans, corn and hayfields look they would rather eat on the greener things than corn and mineral licks

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#3334906 - 08/25/13 08:35 AM Re: Been a weird year [Re: Beardendy88]
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There is also an enormous amount of browse and undergrowth that is lush and green right now, instead of being wilted and heat-stressed. Deer can eat anything, anywhere right now, and don't have to move a whole lot to do it. Ag crops are not even needed at the moment.

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#3335022 - 08/25/13 10:40 AM Re: Been a weird year [Re: EastTNHunter]
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Beardendy88,

The problem could very well be climate related (the wet summer we've had). Or the problem could be "real." But I wouldn't worry either way. Every so often, on a given property, I'll see a really strange summer pattern that just can't be explained. But the problem rarely persists through the hunting season.
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#3335091 - 08/25/13 11:49 AM Re: Been a weird year [Re: BSK]
Beardendy88
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
Beardendy88,

The problem could very well be climate related (the wet summer we've had). Or the problem could be "real." But I wouldn't worry either way. Every so often, on a given property, I'll see a really strange summer pattern that just can't be explained. But the problem rarely persists through the hunting season.

Like deerhunter10 said, it's only a 90 ft radius I'm looking at. They are there because I see them in the hayfields about midnight when I get home but your right sometimes you just can't explain what they do.

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#3335095 - 08/25/13 11:56 AM Re: Been a weird year [Re: Beardendy88]
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The past 2 years I haven't gotten any "Big" buck's on trail cameras during pre-season,but as soon as opening day comes we've started seeing them sporadically. Keep your chin up,they're most likely around there somewhere!
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#3335198 - 08/25/13 01:27 PM Re: Been a weird year [Re: J-WO]
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The summer pics aren't too big of a deal to me. Some places have them in summer, then come winter they are gone. Some places its the other way around. But since its out of character for your area I get the concern. Hopefully it turns out good for you. It will be interesting to see the difference this year because of the weather.
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#3335210 - 08/25/13 01:41 PM Re: Been a weird year [Re: MattR]
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 Originally Posted By: MattR
The summer pics aren't too big of a deal to me. Some places have them in summer, then come winter they are gone. Some places its the other way around. But since its out of character for your area I get the concern. Hopefully it turns out good for you.


Over the last decade, it's normal for my property to hold 12-15 summer resident bucks, of all ages, from yearling up to a mature buck or two. Yet last year, I had a grand total of 4 yearling bucks as summer residents. To say we were a bit freaked out would be an understatement! However, once the acorns began to fall and especially once the rut approached, bucks flooded the property. By the end of the year, it had been one of our best years for individual bucks using the property (39 different bucks photographed during the season), almost all of which did not show up until after the hunting season had begun.
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