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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-18-2017, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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Where'd they all go ?

Pulled my cards yesterday from 4 of my cameras and I only have a couple smaller bucks on them ! I haven't pulled these cards for about a month and all the big boys have disappeared ! Do you think they started to feed on oaks already ? I have noticed a lot of red oaks dropping around here ! There is a big clover plot where the gas well pad use to be and it was knee high but they came in and mowed it down to about 6 " high and they haven't been traveling the there to feed unless they moved completely and using other trails into it as I have most of the area covered with cameras. I tried not to check my cams this year as often as I did before for fear of scaring the big boys out of there !
Of course they seam to disappear about this time every year ! I guess I need to find where they go !

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-18-2017, 08:09 AM
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I'm guessing they are hitting the acorns. They are great at disappearing!
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-18-2017, 09:10 AM
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They are certainly hitting the acorns. I have Oaks here and they are here almost around the clock. They will be back once those are gone which will not be long judging by thr amount of deer eating them at the moment..

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Had same thing happen with my cameras. A ton of really nice bucks - then none for like a month / month and half..... I think they started feeding on acorns and apples as both have started falling (even hitting the corn fields a bit harder).... But Dz302 is right, they'll be back! This past week, 3 of my shooters finally returned on my cameras. So just relax and be patient.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-18-2017, 07:45 PM
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Same for me in the last few weeks. Nothing but scrubs now.....

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-19-2017, 08:58 AM
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Its hard to keep composed when they big boys disappear. Right now, Im just as happy with doe pictures as I am with a big buck.

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-19-2017, 10:19 AM
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Seems to be the concensus. Me and my buddies were all getting pics of bucks up until the last couple of weeks. So far for me its been a lot of does, raccoons and the ocassional squirrel. And I have my cams setup infront of mock scrapes.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-19-2017, 11:08 AM
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Nicer bucks disappeared from T Cams also. I am getting over 1,000 pictures on one my cams set between bed downs and oak groves and under some red oaks, but 70% does and fawns, 10% raccoons reminder smaller bucks and squirrels. Another cam set on a 5 year proven buck trail funnel has no nice bucks since the end of July. 2 cams set on the other side of the same large bed down area has not produced a good buck in the last 2 weeks. One of the addition cam sets on the edge of a big oak grove is producing 700+ pictures each two weeks , but 50% doe, 40% raccoons. My cams are set to take a series of three pictures so I am getting mutible pictures of the same deer and some are posing in front of the cams while eating corns.

Hoping EHD does not have a huge impact on the bucks as I am getting doe pictures. Positive thinking.....We did find a very nice 9 point on another one of our hunting areas dead at one of the ponds and it is reported the smell of dead deer in the big marsh area.

Many of the established trails from the past years do not have the tracks and usage they did in the past. Found 4 dead doe in my cam area. Will check again next week and put out and relocate some more T cams.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-19-2017, 03:48 PM
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Love this time of year. All the big boys are coming home.
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