PSU Deer Study

Before the spy-in-the-woods technology, hunters lived in blissful ignorance. The only deer that existed were the ones they saw with their very own eyes.

Well, not anymore. 

Knowing what’s really out there is nice, but can be frustrating. Case in point, Bill, my neighbor.

We have documented lots of deer all summer on our game cameras. Once the rut started we saw lots of different bucks – a spike, a spike with one antler broken, 4-pts, 6-pts, a nice 10-pt and another 4- or 5-pt with the other antler half broken off at the base.

Seeing them on “film” is one thing but it’s all about being in the right place at the right time. Let’s go to the tape.

Deer-Forest Study

Bill got to his stand early (6am) but he won’t being seeing these deer. They were there and gone by 3:30. The early bird (in this case the deer) got this worm.

Deer-Forest Study

Without much to see, Bill decides to shift strategy at 8 am.

Deer-Forest Study

Looks like Bill was right. The squirrels didn’t even come to visit until the afternoon!

Deer-Forest Study

Looks like the deer are early, EARLY birds around Bill’s stand. The next deer didn’t show up until 2:30 the next morning, and it was a spike buck.

Deer-Forest Study

Bill should have abandoned this stand for his other one.

It’s too bad, really. Look what happened there on the last Saturday.

Deer-Forest Study

Hunting. It’s all about being at the right place at the right time!

Game Cameras: Always there to show you when you screwed up.

-Duane Diefenbach

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