Just after Christmas, and I have changed cards on the two cameras still out on the Far Ridge, and East Stands. Generally we pull them in right after December 15th because of the zero temperatures and tons of snow, but this winter has hardly started yet, so we'll leave them out as long as we can...Interestingly enough, there are plenty of day time feeders after season's end, but summer and pre-season, all these deer were 100% nocturnal. I have no idea why...nice little buck below...
This young lady has plenty of fat to walk her through the winter!
Our food plots have been savaged by these deer.
The buck below will be a taker in about 2 1/2 years...
Another overweight doe...
This wise old girl doesn't like the camera I suspect.
In past posts you can see how many coyotes we have here, their huge size, and we attribute our small deer herd to their prowess. And if you think coyotes only prey on fawns, you are wrong...one of our hunters sent me six or seven pictures of several coyotes killing a huge mature ten point buck. I just had to research this, and this event happened all in front of a camera, took place over five hours, and the coyotes killed and ate this buck. There are over 200 pictures the camera took before the batteries died, and you have to see it to believe it. It happened in the Oklahoma wilderness. Four coyotes were in on this, and it is unknown why the buck stayed where he was. I surmise that he had been chased to exhaustion because if you look at the early pictures you'll notice his tongue is hanging out. In any case, to see all 200 pictures, go to www.deeranddeerhunting.com/coyote-kill. Buy the latest rag, and you can read the article...NOW you know why we hunt the wolf-dogs!
Nice body on this dude.
Curiosity ruins pictures AND sometimes, cameras!
Next year's eight pointer?
Let me know what you think of that coyote drama after you check it out! Jack