Scouting: Grapevine Hill Aug 15 Report & Pics

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Robert Hoague
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In August the bucks still have some antler growing time left; we’re talking about things like longer main beams, increased tine length, lengthier stickers and possibly a new point or a  crab claw point. One thing for sure, the bucks that are going to have a big rack already have an impressive rack in August.  They have the width they’ll have this year and, with very few exceptions, the number of points.

To me, this time of the year is super exciting and every chance I get  I take deer pictures. Also I use several SpyPoint cameras to take pictures of trails, crossings, ridges, fence lines and other places where I might get pictures of this years deer, with an eye out for the big boys of our area.

Monday I picked up the SpyPoint camera at a new, potential stand site I’m calling the Grapevine Hill. Here is the layout. I’m in a narrow strip of woods running East and West with a 90 acre field to the North and planted field to the South (that currently has cut corn and will soon be planted in oats). A barbed wire fence borders the 90 acre field and the woods (which are only 80 to 100 yards wide).

Earlier I walked the fence and found a new, very big, crossing under the fence. So I put a camera there on August 1.

Here are the Highlights…

There were over 100 doe pictures and most of them were along the trail in this picture. This tells us that the basic deer travel pattern is from deer coming out of, or going to, the 90 acre acre field. And dito for the nearby corn field. There are also three cross trails in this narrow strip of woods (20 to 25 yards wide).

I got the SpyPoint camera a bit too close to the first trail there were a couple dozen close up pics that consisted of deer body parts. Here’s a young buck that was in several pictures.

This is the same young buck two days later. Note that when I picked up the camera I noticed there were plenty of new grapes growing on the many grapevines in this area.

Ok, here we go. On the right we have a buck with a nice rack. His belly is bulging a little. The deer to the left is a few yards closer to the camera but it is a buck too.

Here is another night time picture of a different buck (the antlers are a little bit different than the previous buck).

And now we’re talking. For starters, this buck is in the area during daylight, which is always a good thing. It’s early morning. And this buck has a nice 9-point rack that appears to have a a kicker on his left second tine. It is possible, in this pic, that he could have an additional point on the right main beam that is blocked by the camera angle.

After I picked up the SD card from the camera I moved the camera down the cross trail about 25 yards. At that time I didn’t know that this buck was hanging around here; but after seeing this series of pictures, if I don’t pick him up where I moved the camera, I’ll bring the camera back here.

Things are looking sweet on at Grapevine Hill.

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5 Responses to "Scouting: Grapevine Hill Aug 15 Report & Pics"

  1. Thomas Wilbanks   2013/08/15 at 3:08 pm

    Robert,
    I have met you a couple of times. We hunt across the highway from you. I wanted to know your opinion on the spy point cameras. Are they easy to set up,use, and are they reliable. How are they with reception for sending pictures.
    Thanks.

    • Robert Hoague   2013/08/15 at 8:45 pm

      HiTommy

      I’ve used a lot of different game cameras since my first one back in 1996. The best of them all is the SpyPoint ones. They are very easy to use. In particular, they are easy to turn on and off and they take a lot of pictures with one set of batteries. I’ve had over 3,000 pictures on a camera a few times. And I think they are very reliable, I’ve used a couple of them for 3 over years with no hitches.

      As far as the reception I’m guessing you’re referring to the cellular model. I’ve never used it but I’ve talked to people who liked it. I have used the wireless one Tiny W-2 and it sends pictures over 100 yards line of sight.

      Good luck this season.

      Robert

  2. Rick Philippi   2013/08/17 at 12:56 pm

    Tommy,
    This is Rick, I must chime in with Robert. I have 6 SpyPoint cameras and they are fantastic and more importantly, easy to use.

    • Tommy   2013/08/17 at 2:48 pm

      Rick,
      Thanks for your input. I have a couple of the cam tracker cameras. They take great pictures but are bulky and hard to get in and out of. Looking for cameras that are easier to operate but still take quality pictures. Sounds like the spy point my be the ones to go with.
      Thanks again .

    • Thomas Wilbanks   2013/08/17 at 3:01 pm

      Rick,
      Thanks for your input. I have a couple of the cam tracker cameras. They take great pictures but are bulky and hard to get in and out of. Looking for cameras that are easier to operate but still take good pictures. Sods like the spy point my be the ones to go with.
      Thanks again .