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Summer's long gone and the deer are now entering the pre-rut stage. I have two trail cams out (down from three, an old one failed this week) and activity is picking up gradually. The first image is an old buck that just wouldn't take that extra step and give the cam a good picture. So it goes, but dang! I don't believe he's record book but I'd guess he's knocking on the door. The night image is a 3 1/2 year old deer that I have many pictures of from last year. He already has broken off a brow tine jousting with his peers but his rack is getting bigger year-by-year. The third image is one that I just liked. This is probably a 2 1/2 year old buck and he's giving us a perfect rear-end view. Notice the rear legs are together as one and the front legs are spread. Those rear legs are a tip-off as to just how deer can leap over 7-foot tall fences right into your garden. Talk about a coiled spring with a center of gravity! Anyway, on we go into October. Snow is forecast in Minnesota and we're looking at some chilly weather soon. We'll see what the trail cameras bring in the next few weeks. They're out there waiting on the "children of the night". The dog-gone critters just need to walk in front of them is all...

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Ken Lassman 2 years, 2 months ago

Sweet pictures--I gotta get one of those wildlife cams. Anybody have any experience with different cams they'd care to share about which ones are better?

RoeDapple 2 years, 2 months ago

I don't own one but here's a good site with reviews on most models including pictures taken.

http://www.trailcampro.com/

Great pics riverdrifter!

riverdrifter 2 years, 2 months ago

That is where I buy all my cameras. Note that they have a very advanced testing and comparing system. Also, they're great people to deal with.

tomatogrower 2 years, 2 months ago

I wonder if the drought has killed some deer here in Kansas. Anyone know?

RoeDapple 2 years, 2 months ago

According to the Wichita Eagle deer of all ages have been dying in record numbers due to drought conditions

Ronnie24 2 years, 2 months ago

I liked the pictures. It is to bad that big buck didnt come into frame, it would have been a good one.

riverdrifter 2 years, 2 months ago

I've been all over the woods in the last few months and haven't found any dead deer. I think blue tongue is a spotty sort of disease. Some places have significant deer losses and others not at all.

Kathy Getto 2 years, 2 months ago

Does the virus affect fox and coyote, too?

riverdrifter 2 years, 2 months ago

Nope, it's a deer thing. Like anthrax, it thrives in drought years.

RoeDapple 2 years, 2 months ago

"a buck, fox, and coyote were" . . . going into a bar?

Wait, wait, wait, I got this!

"And the bartender said,"Listen here you old dog, you bring a fox like that in here you better have more than one buck!"

Sheryl Wiggins 2 years, 2 months ago

fabulous pics river---thanks for sharing.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 2 months ago

Done.....

Great photos, River. It's fortunate for us that you have the skill, knowledge and patience to attend to setting up the cameras and checking on them regularly.

I hope you're putting a book together.... Sell it at area trade shows where Roe buys his weapons! I've got a cousin in law who has put some books together of record sizes of racks.....

Ronda Miller 2 years, 2 months ago

Darn..... It was called Awesome Antlers of North America and it was published in the 90's. I see it is no longer available. I'll see if I can get one for you. It was put together by Odie Sudbeck.

riverdrifter 2 years, 2 months ago

Oh, heck, I've already got that book. It's great! A worthwhile purchase for any whitetail afficiando, IMO.

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