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Old 08-23-2020, 01:00 PM   #51
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Getting these pictures is addictive. Like collecting baseball cards as a kid.
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Youíve got a honey hole there TN. I wanted to go pull cams today but figured Iíd give it two more weeks then set my October cams


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Old 08-23-2020, 09:54 PM   #53
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Old 08-30-2020, 09:23 AM   #54
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Finally got a buck. He looks borderline on AR, hopefully I'll be able to find out in person!
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Old 08-30-2020, 05:03 PM   #55
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Old 08-30-2020, 05:13 PM   #56
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A few from this year.











Dates and times are correct, so Iím really excited to see the final card pull on the buck on the bottom. Iím almost positive he is one I was chasing hard last year that I called ďSplitsĒ due to matching split G2ís. Would have gone low to mid 140ís then I think.


https://youtu.be/2oiQQwgfF5c

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This video below is an overview of the same location with the top few bucks that I know lived through the season.

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Old 08-30-2020, 05:25 PM   #57
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Hit by a car so it safe to post.


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Old 08-30-2020, 06:52 PM   #58
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A few from this year.











Dates and times are correct, so Iím really excited to see the final card pull on the buck on the bottom. Iím almost positive he is one I was chasing hard last year that I called ďSplitsĒ due to matching split G2ís. Would have gone low to mid 140ís then I think.


https://youtu.be/2oiQQwgfF5c

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This video below is an overview of the same location with the top few bucks that I know lived through the season.

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I checked out a few videos from your page, good stuff. Was that target buck shot by you or someone else?


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Old 08-30-2020, 08:11 PM   #59
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I checked out a few videos from your page, good stuff. Was that target buck shot by you or someone else?


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Depends on which buck you are referring to. If it was ďdead target buckĒ he was hit by a car and hobbled around for 2 weeks before dying. I found his head and a foot or so of spine in early March.
He netted 143 4/8



The only other buck on the channel that is dead is the one I shot last year. Which surprisingly BARELY made it into P&Y




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Old 08-30-2020, 08:17 PM   #60
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This one


https://youtu.be/XXqKpqVg684

Wasnít sure if you got him, or someone else did and you got the video of it.


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Old 08-30-2020, 08:34 PM   #61
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This one


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Wasnít sure if you got him, or someone else did and you got the video of it.


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Yep. Thatís the one hit by the car. He was more impressive in person than he was in the videos. Iíve got his skull at home for a future display in the home office. I was extremely bummed that he didnít make it.


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Old 08-31-2020, 07:08 PM   #62
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Here's a decent public land deadhead.
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Here's a decent public land deadhead.

Holy crap. Thatís an impressive deer


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Old 08-31-2020, 08:11 PM   #64
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There were a lot of people hunting him. Not sure if he was wounded and died or what exactly happened. Its a shame when one like that ends up yote bait.
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Great pics gents!
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Old 08-31-2020, 09:45 PM   #66
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Yessir.
Yall are giving up alot of info!

JUST SAYING!

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Old 09-10-2020, 08:42 PM   #67
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My father and I walked up on this one on PUBLIC, at 1pm in the afternoon. He was up feeding with a really wide/short 10-pointer.

https://youtu.be/J-p5m_W_Udo

A few more from the 1 camera I checked while we were out there.











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Old 09-11-2020, 07:11 AM   #68
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Got a camera stolen about 200 yards from this one I wonder why???? The camera was 10 feet high in a metal box strapped and locked to the tree


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Holy picture size batman!
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Holy picture size batman!

I know right Iím not sure why it does that on a desk top


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Old 09-16-2020, 11:44 AM   #72
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Pulled a cam today, and found a brute. This is the same tree I killed my P&Y public land buck out of last year...


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Old 09-16-2020, 12:03 PM   #73
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Holy smokes!
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Old 09-16-2020, 12:18 PM   #74
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Pulled a cam today, and found a brute. This is the same tree I killed my P&Y public land buck out of last year...


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Dang!!! Not asking for GPS coordinates, but what area of Texas is that? Definitely not hill country right?

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Old 09-16-2020, 06:19 PM   #75
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Dang!!! Not asking for GPS coordinates, but what area of Texas is that? Definitely not hill country right?

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Draw a 60-80 mile circle around Sherman Tx, and you are in the area. Thatís as close as I will narrow it down.

This tree had lots of good bucks during pre-rut and rut last year. It is BY FAR the best spot I have found in about 1500 miles of hiking/scouting in the last 6 years.

Here are the highlights from last season on the same tree.

https://youtu.be/s3eIuJ1iJMA

What makes this spot so dynamite is the big tree trunk in the top right corner is a feral pear tree. Only one I have ever found around here. I donít get squat for pictures during spring/summer except does and fawns, but the moment the pear tree starts dropping EVERYTHING changes itís travel pattern to include it. The bucks hardly stop to eat, usually just use it cruising to check for all the does that come in to it.
I didnít include COUNTLESS smaller bucks in this video, and honestly didnít even save the videos of them. This camera filled up a 32 gig card, set to video, in just under 5 weeks last November/December. I think after going through all the photos/videos, there were 6 daylight walkers that would have made P&Y on this camera in the month of November. Astounding for around here, thatís for sure... and it makes me look like a lot better hunter than I actually am.


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Old 09-16-2020, 06:24 PM   #76
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Draw a 60-80 mile circle around Sherman Tx, and you are in the area. Thatís as close as I will narrow it down.

This tree had lots of good bucks during pre-rut and rut last year. It is BY FAR the best spot I have found in about 1500 miles of hiking/scouting in the last 6 years.

Here are the highlights from last season on the same tree.

https://youtu.be/s3eIuJ1iJMA

What makes this spot so dynamite is the big tree trunk in the top right corner is a feral pear tree. Only one I have ever found around here. I donít get squat for pictures during spring/summer except does and fawns, but the moment the pear tree starts dropping EVERYTHING changes itís travel pattern to include it. The bucks hardly stop to eat, usually just use it cruising to check for all the does that come in to it.
I didnít include COUNTLESS smaller bucks in this video, and honestly didnít even save the videos of them. This camera filled up a 32 gig card, set to video, in just under 5 weeks last November/December. I think after going through all the photos/videos, there were 6 daylight walkers that would have made P&Y on this camera in the month of November. Astounding for around here, thatís for sure... and it makes me look like a lot better hunter than I actually am.


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That's awesome, thank you for sharing and good luck on that brute!!

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Old 09-17-2020, 09:39 AM   #77
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Pulled a cam today, and found a brute. This is the same tree I killed my P&Y public land buck out of last year...


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Let's see that P&Y from last year!
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Old 09-18-2020, 06:55 AM   #78
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Let's see that P&Y from last year!

He barely squeezed in as an 8. His mass is what got him over the line. He field dressed at 198lbs, to put body size/antlers into perspective.










I almost got the kill on trail camera too. This was my first shooting lane, but I had so little warning on him coming through I couldnít quite get drawn and the pin settled before he moved out of the lane.

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Cool thread. Im impressed by some of the bucks you guys have on camera!
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I'm gonna plant a couple of pear trees.
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He barely squeezed in as an 8. His mass is what got him over the line. He field dressed at 198lbs, to put body size/antlers into perspective.










I almost got the kill on trail camera too. This was my first shooting lane, but I had so little warning on him coming through I couldnít quite get drawn and the pin settled before he moved out of the lane.

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Beautiful buck and really good mass!
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Old 09-18-2020, 01:29 PM   #83
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He barely squeezed in as an 8. His mass is what got him over the line. He field dressed at 198lbs, to put body size/antlers into perspective.










I almost got the kill on trail camera too. This was my first shooting lane, but I had so little warning on him coming through I couldn’t quite get drawn and the pin settled before he moved out of the lane.

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And I love the in-season scouting video. It's so true from what I've realized over the past few years. I used to scout in spring and summer but you can't see hardly any sign. Maybe a few old rubs but that's it. In season or directly post season, the sign is lit up if you come upon it. I mark everything on Onx and it basically shows their runways and usually falls closely inline with the topo lines, elevation lines, edges, etc. just like you'd expect. I've found some killer primary scrape areas inside the timber that have zero activity until mid-late October and are hit heavy through January but you'd walk right by those spots in the summer. I've got high hopes for a few of these spots this year! I'll be following your threads!
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I absolutely recommend it. The persimmons and acorns can be dropping all over this property, and they absolutely prefer the pears. These arenít even human edible pears... theyíre bitter and almost astringent. Find any pear edible to you, and it will drive the deer wild.

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And I love the in-season scouting video. It's so true from what I've realized over the past few years. I used to scout in spring and summer but you can't see hardly any sign. Maybe a few old rubs but that's it. In season or directly post season, the sign is lit up if you come upon it. I mark everything on Onx and it basically shows their runways and usually falls closely inline with the topo lines, elevation lines, edges, etc. just like you'd expect. I've found some killer primary scrape areas inside the timber that have zero activity until mid-late October and are hit heavy through January but you'd walk right by those spots in the summer. I've got high hopes for a few of these spots this year! I'll be following your threads!
If at all possible I 100% stand behind my ďin seasonĒ scouting recommendation as the absolute most effective method out there. I didnít start doing it until 2018 when my scouted and familiar properties were flooded under 5-6 feet of water... during pre rut, and some of early rut, I couldnít get within a mile of the parking lot of a couple spots due to high water. I was forced to hit new properties. I walked into a new property on the last day of October and parked on the downwind side of the property. I spent 3 days easing through the property from transition to transition with the wind in my face. I found more solid hunting spots in 3 days than I did the 3 days prior.

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Beautiful buck and really good mass!

Thank you!!! I should have kept hunting hard, because there were SEVERAL bigger bucks on the properties I hunt last season. I got cocky and called it quits after my buck... then I pulled cameras after season and realized How good my spots were. I could have connected with another good buck.


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I agree with your in season scouting video Ikeman. I stumbled upon the spot I killed a buck in last year by chance. Hunted it again the next day and almost got my buddy on a much better buck. Went back in May and set up a camera to find out a family of does bed in this specific thicket. There are two young bucks that frequent the area and two mature bucks that since August have visited the area one time each that I caught on camera. I think this spot is much like the one you found minus the pear tree. Hoping it produces again this year, I have two big 8 points on cam in it.


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Really awesome stuff guys! I'm getting super pumped for opener this year, and these pics make focusing at work that much harder.
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I don't mind sitting all day. That's how we grew up; walk in its dark and don't leave till dark.
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I don't mind sitting all day. That's how we grew up; walk in its dark and don't leave till dark.

Mid day hunting is the best. Show up at 10am leave at 3pm. Make it back to camp just in time for a coooold beer.


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I agree, however I show up early, before daylight and leave about 3PM. Evening thermals are just to unpredictable. Midday is the best time for buck movement, in my opinion.
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I think I got the sheds of that buck. I think I recognize exactly where he is in those pics to.
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I agree, however I show up early, before daylight and leave about 3PM. Evening thermals are just to unpredictable. Midday is the best time for buck movement, in my opinion.

It seems to be the case. Definitely spending more time in the stand this year and getting up earlier


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I don't mind sitting all day. That's how we grew up; walk in its dark and don't leave till dark.

This is me on most hunts, unless the wind shifts.


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Some pretty nice bucks. Some of those are flat impressive.
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I listened to a podcast where a guy was discussing how successful he is hunting new moons. Granted the guy hunts in Ohio, but what correlation with evening buck movement during a new moon, much less on public land, have any of you seen? Iíve always had good luck hunting the day after a full moon. Whether or not that was just by chance Iím not sure.


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Very nice bucks gents!
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I listened to a podcast where a guy was discussing how successful he is hunting new moons. Granted the guy hunts in Ohio, but what correlation with evening buck movement during a new moon, much less on public land, have any of you seen? Iíve always had good luck hunting the day after a full moon. Whether or not that was just by chance Iím not sure.


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I havenít seen much correlation with phase of moon and movement. The only exception is bright moons overnight on clear nights. You can have a full moon, but it rises and sets in the daytime, and it might as well be a new moon.

I prefer, on lower pressured ground, to base it off of moon overhead and underfoot. But, to me, the moon is so far down the list on what gets them up. First is historic pressure (the buckís lifetime), then recent pressure, then security cover availability, then rut phase, then local weather patterns, then the moon.

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I havenít seen much correlation with phase of moon and movement. The only exception is bright moons overnight on clear nights. You can have a full moon, but it rises and sets in the daytime, and it might as well be a new moon.

I prefer, on lower pressured ground, to base it off of moon overhead and underfoot. But, to me, the moon is so far down the list on what gets them up. First is historic pressure (the buckís lifetime), then recent pressure, then security cover availability, then rut phase, then local weather patterns, then the moon.

Thatís just my opinion, though, and it is worth exactly as much as you paid for it


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Haha well put. To be fair Iíd say that guys stance on the moon is probably worth the same if not less. I will say I was always told a full moon overnight would result in poor hunting the next day but I find the opposite to be true. Iíve heard a lot about underfoot/overhead conditions but I havenít had as much confirmation with that as I have with full moon phases. Havenít narrowed it down that far yet. I also subscribe to pressure from people and weather for the majority of my decision making as far as increasing odds.


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Old 12-26-2020, 09:06 AM   #99
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I don't have any monsters, but decent enough for me to go look for them. I went out today and jumped up a couple but lost them in the tall grass. Hopefully after christmas I will get one.

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Old 02-28-2021, 01:12 PM   #100
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Anyone done any inventory cams yet? Iím planning on running some cams tomorrow hopefully to see what all made it through last season.
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