A very experienced local whitetail hunter informed me last week that the whitetails will eventually figure the cam location out and begin to avoid the area. Mine is not a blackout cam and by that I mean it has red IR LED's that can be seen when the shutter goes off at night. Why deer would be shy of a small red light makes no sense to me. Still, this gave me some concern. Until yesterday.
The fox made a daytime appearance.
Not knowing what to expect I started my laptop up at the Jeep and took it in with me so as to make only one intrusion into and out of the hot zone instead of making two trips for the download at the Jeep. I do know that deer will abdicate a hot zone if human scent becomes too prevalent. Especially one that humans do not frequent often. When walking into the woods I wear leather work gloves and rubber knee boots as well as a hat. This is an attempt to keep my intrusive aroma to a minimum and handle everything with the gloves on. In addition I applied store bought fox urine on the boots since I now have conclusive proof that fox live in this area. Having this as a cover scent helps a lot.
Seems the trail cam nor our intrusion walking around and placing the stand last week spooked the animals away from my chosen spot. Yesterday I walked the woods further and discovered much more activity, signs and trails than I originally anticipated. I then planned and walked alternative entrances to the stand for daily wind consideration, and marked them with reflective dots. Downwind human sent will send the whitetails running and a hunter will rarely see them coming back soon. My plan is to always enter the zone against the wind.
Only had about 150 images during the past week. The fox stopped by a few times during the day. Raccoons were fewer. A few does came by but not as many. More bucks showed up. This time I won't take up blog space with images of squirrels and raccoons as I did a week ago.
Last week I had evidence that a decent six-point likes to drop by. He was of good size and I will take him on my second day if nothing larger happens by on the first day of firearms season, since my time during the season will be limited to two days for each week during the three week season. I'm a meat man, not a trophy hunter so a decent doe will suffice as well but IF a trophy rack shows up all the better.
Here's a young fork horn checking out the action
That guy would be a legal taker but I would rather wack a big doe.
Hello? What's this? Woo-hoo. Now that's what I'm talkin'bout!
Looks like an eight pointer with one tine chipped off. Hard to count the points.
Could be a ten pointer but I'll stick with eight.
Take a look at that neck on that big boy. He's not got got a true trophy rack but I would be proud to take him home on the rear hitch platform of my Jeep.
This is one hefty buck and judging by the size of that neck he is ready to go into rut.
Anything that shows up within range of this trail cam will be a short .50 cal takedown from my tree stand location. More to come before the November 16th opener.