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To busy working during the spring and summer months but I did 90% of my scouting during the winter, only thing left for me to do now is to put my cams out next month and wait to see which bucks have shown back up to hunt.

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I haven't been scouting but have been working on my new mobile hunting cabin. I sold my hybrid and bought a 2010 Coachman Catalina 21BH. A old guy down the road from me bought it new and took it to a campground around State College and there it sat for nine years. Got a great deal on it and have been cleaning and getting it ready to camping. This is a huge upgrade over the hybrid especially camping in the cold of November. Plan on spending most of the fall camping in it and hunting public land in Pa. and Ohio. I did see what would have been a huge buck dead on the road with big heavy main beams starting.
Do you typically park at campgrounds with hookups or do you typically just park it at trailheads or other places without hookups?

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I have 3 cameras out right now (1 in PA and 2 in Ohio). Still a little early to tell alot about the bucks, but I have a few that I think should be decent bucks. One may be a real nice one, but of course the pic quality was really crappy. LOL. I have always thought around the 4th of July that you could really start to tell alot about a buck on the trail cam.
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Do you typically park at campgrounds with hookups or do you typically just park it at trailheads or other places without hookups?

I do both, the primitive sites are actually my favorite because there are less people. Nothing worse than being packed into a full service campground with some drunken hillbilly hooten and hollering right outside your camper all night when you have to get up early to hunt. By late October and November you won't need air conditioning, so you can get by on battery and a small 2000 watt inverter generator for weeks.
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I run my 20 cameras year round and just pulled my cards and changed some batteries yesterday ! Most of the bucks I have are small and just splitting main beam and brow tines ! I do have a very heavy beamed buck with brows and another one that is a 6 point so far !
I can't wait to see what and if any of the bucks from the last several years come back to grow there antlers and then disappear again in mid to late August !
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I do both, the primitive sites are actually my favorite because there are less people. Nothing worse than being packed into a full service campground with some drunken hillbilly hooten and hollering right outside your camper all night when you have to get up early to hunt. By late October and November you won't need air conditioning, so you can get by on battery and a small 2000 watt inverter generator for weeks.

I assume you are using propane for heat and refrigeration?

Yes by deer season the primitive sites are usually empty around me. Some of the trailheads have plenty of room to park a camper in as well.

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I have 3 cameras out right now (1 in PA and 2 in Ohio). Still a little early to tell alot about the bucks, but I have a few that I think should be decent bucks. One may be a real nice one, but of course the pic quality was really crappy. LOL. I have always thought around the 4th of July that you could really start to tell alot about a buck on the trail cam.
that's why I wait until July 1st. to start putting cams out and I agree 100% about July 4th. If you don't consider a buck to be a shooter on July 10th. you won't consider it to be a shooter after he sheds his velvet.

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that's why I wait until July 1st. to start putting cams out and I agree 100% about July 4th. If you don't consider a buck to be a shooter on July 10th. you won't consider it to be a shooter after he sheds his velvet.
I will put out more cameras then. I like to run a couple year around as you sometimes get some cool pics (bear, bobcat, coyote, etc) on them.

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I have to disagree somewhat in that you can tell usually by late may weather they are target bucks or not even though it really doesn't matter weather it's june1 or July1. I am pretty sure I have found my number 1 target buck as of june 9th this yr.

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So has anyone laid eyes on a buck yet this summer that they are sure will be a shooter this year?

Right now I have one in PA and one in Ohio that I think may be shooters. To early to tell yet how long of tine length that they will have. Neither one will be a monster though.

I know of a couple that made it thru last year that should be good, but I haven't seen them yet. Still early though and I didn't get pics of either of them until after the velvet came off last year.
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