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#182416 - 08/07/17 12:12 PM Trail cam pics - really looking forward to season
Chance Weldon Administrator
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I finally checked my trail cameras for the first time in almost a month. There were so many pictures it took me a while to review all of them, and I was pleasantly surprised. There were four bucks I wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger on, along with two others that I might take under specific circumstances. In addition to these, I counted four other bucks that have great potential for next year.

The shooters:


First off is this surprisingly large 7 point. While I'd prefer he have at four points on both sides at least, there's no denying this is a pretty good buck for my area. What he lacks in antler points and tine length he makes up for in mass and width.


Then we have this 9-point. Although somewhat asymmetrical, he's a pretty good all around buck.


I don't have to point out that the 9-point on the right is at the top of my list. He's a 4.5 year old mature buck with excellent width. In fact, he may well end up with the largest spread of any buck we've ever had on our farm. He's also the big one I was after last year that showed up just once, and well out of range of my Optima pistol:


The buck to his left isn't half bad either, being a respectable 9-point.



The "maybe under specific circumstances" bucks:


This guy's not bad. Pretty tall antlers, but not very wide. If I can get a shot on him with my 460 S&W, 41 Magnum, or Optima pistol, I'll take him.


I don't know what's going on with this buck. He's clearly injured his left antler somehow, leaving two antler points growing downwards. I'll be watching him to see if he keeps the strange points even after he peels his velvet. If he does, and I get a shot with the aforementioned pistols, I just might take him. I won't be upset if we don't get him during season. He has pretty good potential for next year if he can make it through this season, but I can't deny his unusual antlers would make a pretty interesting mount.

Needless to say, I'm pretty excited for season.
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#182418 - 08/07/17 12:36 PM Re: Trail cam pics - really looking forward to season [Re: Chance Weldon]
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Those are some nice bucks Chance. I hope to have some good photos soon.
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#182419 - 08/07/17 02:33 PM Re: Trail cam pics - really looking forward to season [Re: REDHAWK1954]
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Half of the fun is watching the deer you've got.
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#182420 - 08/07/17 02:56 PM Re: Trail cam pics - really looking forward to season [Re: Handgun400]
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In the last four years my son and I have killed six trophy bucks, for North Carolina anyway, and we had trail camera photos of all of them. It does make it more fun. We also have had 12-16 good bucks on camera that we have not seen in person yet.
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#182429 - 08/07/17 08:05 PM Re: Trail cam pics - really looking forward to season [Re: REDHAWK1954]
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Good luck. Some nice pictures of some nice bucks. I haven't got many good pics this year. Ants ruined one cam, I forgot to put a card in another, and batteries were bad in another.

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#182436 - 08/07/17 09:19 PM Re: Trail cam pics - really looking forward to season [Re: ruger4570]
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My sister's already told me to quit thinking I'm going to get that big wide 9-point because she assures me she'll get him before me. Better step up my game this year. I don't want a repeat of 2015.
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#182437 - 08/07/17 09:54 PM Re: Trail cam pics - really looking forward to season [Re: Chance Weldon]
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Best of luck to you Chance!

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#182440 - 08/07/17 10:01 PM Re: Trail cam pics - really looking forward to season [Re: ruger4570]
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 Originally Posted By: ruger4570
Good luck. Some nice pictures of some nice bucks. I haven't got many good pics this year. Ants ruined one cam, I forgot to put a card in another, and batteries were bad in another.


Yup. Battery corrosion got to mine so I took it apart to clean it. No big deal, right? I mean it goes back the same way it came apart....

So I need a new camera too.
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#182443 - 08/07/17 10:54 PM Re: Trail cam pics - really looking forward to season [Re: Handgun400]
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Very nice selection you got there
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#182448 - 08/08/17 01:36 AM Re: Trail cam pics - really looking forward to season [Re: Chance Weldon]
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Very nice bucks!
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