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Title: A Few Critter Pictures
Post by: Big58cal on July 02, 2013, 09:50:22 AM
Been trying to get down to the farm to change the cards in the cameras all through June, but didn't make it until Sunday.  Seemed like something was always coming up that kept me from getting down there.
 
The deer had been hitting the mineral blocks pretty hard, so I was getting some pretty good pictures of both does and bucks.  Back at the start of June, the pictures that the cameras had taken of the bucks in May, you couldn't tell a whole lot on most, but there was one that I wanted to keep my eyes on.  In May, the main beams were already coming out and going almost straight out toward his ears.  :o
 
Here's a few of that buck now (taken on 6/20), some other bucks I got pictures of, and a few other critters.
 
 
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Post by: Big58cal on July 02, 2013, 10:23:24 AM
Here were a couple of the pictures that I noticed from back in May when I pulled the cards 6/2.
 
Plus there's one "Peek-A-Boo" shot you can show the ladies.  ^-^
 
 
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Post by: MOSPARKY on July 02, 2013, 07:20:18 PM
I'm not sure if I just got Mooned or Flashed.  ;D
 You got a nice crop comin' on. I thought it very appropriate the 'yote was on 444. Sounds like a great cure to me. If I'm not mistaken, you got a Marlin 444. maybe you should show him. :twisted:
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Post by: Gutpiles on July 02, 2013, 07:52:38 PM
someone has the makings of a good year!  I see jerky in your / OUR  :wink:  future!!!    O0
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Post by: bohicajuan on July 02, 2013, 10:05:05 PM
Go back and catch me that woodchuck. I want him as a pet! ;D :twisted: :roll:
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Post by: John Andrews on July 03, 2013, 08:28:30 AM
Go back and catch me that woodchuck. I want him as a pet! ;D :twisted: :roll:
  ;D And that coyote!
Title: Re: A Few Critter Pictures
Post by: Big58cal on July 03, 2013, 11:18:59 AM
I noticed that too about the picture when I was going through them.  Yeah, I've got a .444 Marlin Mo.  Took it with me last year when I was turkey hunting during gun season for deer with my crossbow (confused yet?).  LOL!  The archery season for turkeys runs straight from Sept. to Jan.  I had already taken the 3 deer I had planned on getting last year by the time the gun season rolled around, so I was turkey hunting with the crossbow.  I still took the .444 Marlin though in case a coyote came through too fast or in too thick of brush for me to get a shot at with the crossbow.  O0   With any luck though, one of them buggers will come through and I can get a shot with the crossbow this year.  I've gotten them with a rifle and muzzleloader in the past, now I want to get one with the crossbow.  ;)
 
That groundhog was up there last year.  I wanted to put an arrow through him then and have him mounted, but only had 1 chance to and something spooked him before I got a chance to even raise the bow.  With any luck, that fat little bugger will show up again this year and I'll be able to put an arrow through him.
 
Yeah, there's a pretty good crop of bucks up there so far this year.  I'm curious to see how that one wide buck's rack turns out.  Specifically, I want to see what the tines do.  I'm thinking that that buck is the big 9 pt that was up there last year that had a broken brow tine.  If the tines kind of curve out and up and in, then it will be him.  If not, then it's another one that's taken up residence around there.
 
We do pretty well and try not to take any little bucks, unless it's either really slim pickings that year on deer or it's a really weird rack.  On our property, I was the only one last year to harvest any deer at all, let alone a buck (my brother didn't hardly even hunt).  Most of the landowners around there also won't take a buck unless it's a pretty good one, so that lets the deer get some age on them.
 
One of the biggest factors though is where they converted some neighboring land to a State Forest and WMA.  There's no access to it except for foot traffic and, to put it bluntly, the people that try to hunt it are a bunch of whiners.  ;D   I've read topics on another site last year about people griping about the KDFWR putting money into that place saying it's too thick and steep for them to hunt.  They did once, but they won't again.  That's OK by me.  O0   That just lets those deer get bigger and older.  ;)
 
Here's some pictures from last year, and this February, of the big 9 pt.  I'm hoping that the wide one this year is this one.  If it is, he'll be a whopper!  :o
 
 
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Post by: bohicajuan on July 03, 2013, 08:57:17 PM
DANG!! Still got antlers into February! That's something!

Btw...How cold was it then?
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Post by: Big58cal on July 04, 2013, 01:12:02 AM
Don't really know how cold it was.  Temps were relatively mild this year.  There's snow in the 1 picture, so you can guess it was somewhere around freezing.

I've got a picture of 1 buck, can't remember the date, but I want to think it was up around the first part of April, that still had his antlers.  Most all had shed by the end of February / start of March around here.
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Post by: bohicajuan on July 04, 2013, 10:14:11 PM
I asked, because I can remember when I lived in Florida, the mild weather seemed to get the deer to keep their antlers longer. I recall seeing a deer in early April one time that still had one antler on him. It was about 82 degrees.
Title: Re: A Few Critter Pictures
Post by: Big58cal on July 05, 2013, 10:10:21 AM
Yeah, here it is.  4/4 of this year.  Looks like a little 4 pt.  Camera snapped 2 pictures of him.
 
 
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Post by: bohicajuan on July 09, 2013, 07:51:49 PM
Now THAT'S Bizarre!! :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Post by: John Andrews on July 10, 2013, 09:22:27 AM
We had an 8 pointer that still had it's antlers in May. For years we saw it hanging out near our test fire area office. Some "experts" suggest it was actually a doe with hormone problems. I didn't see it this year.
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Post by: J-BUCKS on July 25, 2013, 10:19:35 AM
BC, what are you using on your mineral spots? Looks like what ever it is, they really like it.
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Post by: Big58cal on August 06, 2013, 06:43:52 PM
BC, what are you using on your mineral spots? Looks like what ever it is, they really like it.


Ah, I can't tell you that, otherwise everyone will be using it.  ;)

 ;D ;D

Actually, all 3 sites have just a regular trace mineral block that you get at a feed store.  Nothing special about it.  One of the spots though, I've been putting out Massive Mineral Mix.

http://www.massivemineral.com/ (http://www.massivemineral.com/)

The deer have been tearing that sh*t up!!!!  :o   I first heard about the stuff on Excalibur's show on the Sportsman's Channel.  They swear by the stuff, so I thought I would check it out.  Put out 10 lbs of it and they tore it up!  Put out 20 more pounds of it and it's gone.  Got 40 lbs on order now and it should be here by the weekend.  I'll put about 20 lbs out now and wait a couple of weeks and put the other 20 lbs out.  By that time, it will almost be bow season.

From what I understand about the stuff, I didn't get it out early enough this year to do much good.  It may do some good on their antlers, but not much.  If I keep it out in front of them through next year, then I'll really see the results in their antlers.  :) :D

Here's a few more pictures of "the big one" and his running buddy.  He's coming along right nicely.  >:D O0

Title: Re: A Few Critter Pictures
Post by: John Andrews on August 07, 2013, 09:55:59 AM
Nice! Git em, BC!
Title: Re: A Few Critter Pictures
Post by: Big58cal on August 07, 2013, 01:28:20 PM
Forgot to add J-BUCKS, back in late winter / early spring, all 3 cameras were averaging around 1,000 pictures each every 2 weeks.  That included the coons, squirrels, nothing, etc.  As summer got here, the number of pictures started trailing off a bit in late May / early June.
 
Now, I'm down to about 300-500 pictures every 2 weeks at 2 of the mineral sites.  The one where I've been putting out the Massive Mineral Mix, I've been getting at least 2,000 - 3,000 pictures every 2 weeks (most of the time, closer to the 3K).
 
All 3 sites have just a regular trace mineral block that you get at a feed store.  Two of the sites have been established for several years.  The other site about 2 years.  The only thing different about the one place is the MMM.  O0