Back in the 90’s I discovered how much help, in terms of scouting the deer herd, that game cameras were. Of course, back then the cameras all used 35mm film and had to be activated with magnets to work. So they only took 20-36 pictures and the magnets deal didn’t work 2/3’s of the time. Plus, they used up the batteries fast. What with the cost of film and batteries they were an expensive proposition.
But today things are different. Cameras are digital. But the early ones took lousy pictures. Not so today, and the ones I use by SpyPoint are amazing. They can take thousands of pictures on a single watch and only one set of batteries.
I have two set up on the area where I plan to plant a food plot. I picked them up yesterday and checked the pictures. Two weeks ago this buck gave us his picture. It’s still early in the antler growing process and he is coming along nicely with 8 points and good brow tines. The fat ends of the tines mean the tine length is still growing.
Two days later the Spypoint got a picture of another buck. Like the first buck he will look different in early September. After this picture no bucks showed up in this area for over 10 days.
However, in the last few days the two SpyPoint’s took several pictures, beginning with this one. Two bucks are coming into view.
The second camera caught a different buck. The fat end on the end of the main beam could mean this buck will pop another tine. Lets cross our fingers on this.
The next day, Friday, the same buck returned for a photo session with a smaller racked buck.
Saturday he returned again. Two things that I want to know are what direction(s) the bucks come from and leave. Our buck here is walking up from the woods to the North.
He walked up near the doe.
Then he walked around and the second SpyPoint picked him up watching a buck hurrying by him.
When the bucks left the area I got one of the bits of knowledge I wanted to learn. The buck left to the north.
Since I already have a treestand, ground blind and ladderstand in that direction I’m pleased to know this. But using them is a good ways off and I’m still waiting for a couple of the bombers from last year to show up.