If you’re not already doing some things on your property or at least thinking about scouting for the 2015 deer season then you’re behind the curve.
Diehard deer hunters put in time year-round on something to help them get a leg up during the season. It may be practicing bow shots with a great target, getting the best info for food plots to create them in spring or summer, adding top supplemental feed or attractants for an extra boost or putting out game cameras for deer surveys.
The latter task becomes your eyes in the woods. You can’t be, and don’t want to be, where you hunt 24/7 (even though we wouldn’t mind, maybe, during the season?) because we have families, life, the truck needs an oil change and other stuff. So we use game cameras in specific locations like travel routes, near watering holes or bedding areas, under Farmer Johnson’s old apple tree, and over the mineral lick or corn you put out for the photo survey.
Cameras can tell us a great deal. Last year I discovered a fantastic buck on the property where I hunt with a Stealth Cam G30. The previous year (2013) I found scrapes and rubs in the area, and knowing the terrain could kind of figure out the travel route. So I hung up the Stealth G30, made a mock scrape and voila! Two weeks after the season ended, I had a few photos of a gorgeous 9-point.
He eluded me during the 2014-15 season. I don’t know if I pressured him too much, he died of illegal or natural causes, or just wasn’t keen on that territory. But I still have my camera up and will be adding some Heartland Wildlife Autumn Addiction before long. They love that stuff.
If you use cameras, you know what it’s like to pull the cards and have the anticipation of finding out what’s there. If you don’t use cameras, consider getting some. They really help, and that’s no bull.
“With all of the scouting cameras out there today, it’s sometime tough to separate the wheat from the chaff,” says Deer & Deer Hunting editor Gordy Krahn. “But at the end of the day, it’s all about the features you want and need. For me the Stealth No Glo Scouting Camera is all that and a bag of chips: 10 megapixel resolution, HD video with audio, and one of my must-haves — time-lapse photography for keeping an eye on the big picture.”
Gordy hunts in the upper Midwest, and I’m down in Alabama. So we’ve put these cameras through the wringer of weather conditions: freezing cold and ice, sweltering summer temps of above 100 and incredible humidity, not to mention sunlight baking them at different times of day. The Stealth cameras hold up and provide super images.
I recently bought the G42NG to add to my camera arsenal. We’re about to do some off-season work, including burning and thinning, so once those are completed I’ll have some new sites for cameras and hope to get some great images. I’m already looking forward to the season!