Monday, August 31, 2009

North MO - Trail Cam

I made it up the the North MO property for the first time since early July, on Saturday. I had moved the TC down by the bean and corn fields, and was pleasantly suprised at some of the deer on camera. I'm looking forward to seeing some of these boys with hard antlers. Come on September 15th!

Crazy number of ticks on this poor looks like something chewed on her head!!!!

Up n' comer!

This BIG BOY will get whacked if we get the chance....huge body...Scotty, this rack has your name all over it!

A little long beard action.......thwwwackkk

See you next year little man!

Shooter up fornt...walking papers in the back (lucky SOB better be glad some of these other dudes showed up)

Same shooter as above + he had another 2-3 weeks to grow still!!!

The FrEaK & coon.....please walk by my stand in shooting range this year, either of you!!!!!

The FrEak and a coon part two......

Wide w/ huge browtimes....and if you look closely the FrEaK is runnign backup!

You've been dismissed for the 09/10 season...please report for duty next year.

A little tickle giggle?

Walking papers will be issued this year...but we can't protect you if you cross the fence.

Shooter with his ladies.

Good 8...possible shooter

See you next fall.

The FrEaK hanging in the back with another shooter and thier whipping boy.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Annandale Trail Camera 8/30/09

I made it out to the Annandale property on Sunday afternoon with Jake and Chrissy. I wanted to check my trail camera one more time before the season and make sure any excess corn from my camera site was removed. Both missions where a success!

I had 321 pictures on my camera over the past 8 days. The majority of the pictures are doe and fawns but the una buck made an appearance several times over the past couple of days. I have three large doe that continue to show up every day. One of the doe has two fawns, another has one fawn and the last one shows up by herself. All three would make nice freezer fillers. I also got my first picture of a red fox.

The low Sunday (9/30/09) morning was 40 degrees in MN and the deer where really on their feet during day light hours. Una Buck also shed his velvet and it also looks like the young 7 also shed his. The young 7 looks like he could turn into a nice deer if the locals let him walk this gun season. Only 20 days until the MN opener!

The MN early goose season opens this coming saturday. I can't make opening morning but Logan and I will be in our blinds Sunday and Monday to see if we can get our 2009 hunting season started with a bang! Hopefully we will have some photos of dead animals to show shortly!

Below is a photo of the young 7. Looks to have a nice body and good shape to his rack.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Annandale Trail Camera 8/15/09

**Warning** Una-Buck Below

I made it out to the Annandale property this afternoon (8/15/09) to put the final touches on my stands for the upcoming MN deer season. I have one ladder stand left to set and I will be ready for the season. The sign in Annandale is really starting to show. My food plot is completely grown in and there is deer sign all around it. Below is a photo of my food plot.

I also added secondary ratchets straps to a couple of my sets and put some finishing touches on shooting lanes. There is plenty of sign within 25 yards of each one of my sets. I finished the afternoon by rebuilding ground zero. I placed it in the same area I filled a management tag 3 seasons ago. I built ground zero using a section of fencing and some fence posts. I then placed some dead falls in front it and weaved brush through the fencing. Ground zero is drop dead sexy and will be a deadly spot the first month of the season! Below is a picture of the view from the new and improved ground zero.

After switching out my camera card and replacing the batteries I moved my camera to a new location. I have over a 800 pictures from the old location so I figured it was time for something new. I placed the camera at a new fence crossing Mike and I made about a month ago. The deer have been using the new crossing to enter a soy bean field and it looks like a freeway in and out of the beans.

Below are some of the pictures I got off my trail camera over the past 3 weeks. I had 352 pictures in all. Half of those where coons, but the deer activity is really picking up. On top of some good deer photos I had two coyote photos and my bear showed up two times in one day. The bear also slapped my camera around a bit so once again I have some pictures that are a bit sideways. The deer activity is also starting to change from strictly night time to some daytime activity. Only one month until bow opener!