Trail-cams and big bucks

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  1. camo75

    camo75 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Looking for any tips you all might have when it comes to using a few cameras to watch bigger and smarter bucks in August and September. I tried this last year and once I put pressure on a certain area the bigger bucks vanished.
    My cams are usually placed where I can see higher traffic but those trails don’t produce bigger bucks until pre-rut.
    So how can I up my game and find the bucks earlier without pushing them out of their September travel habits. What is your routine in changing/checking cards without messing it all up.
     
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    Eddie234 Weekend Warrior

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    I normally only check my cameras once a month. If your pushing the deer out use scent control.


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    It sounds like you need a few cell cams.
     
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    camo75 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    That would be nice. Are you using them?
     
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    camo75 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I check my cams that I have now very seldom and try to do it if I’m in the area or on rainy days.
    Just trying to figure out how to place cams better and improve my camera usage. I’m talking about using them for watching dominant bucks and not the little scrappers.
     
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    Nope, too poor. I check mine once a month during the summer.
     
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    Just as soon as the story began, it ended. Today, some guys were hunting the property were Mr. Big lives and were able to get him with a gun. He is a beautiful deer and one I would have been thrilled to kill. Buzz is still in the game for now. I hope we see more of him before the season ends. FullSizeR_01.jpeg

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    Congrats on a fine buck!
     
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    I used to put my cameras out on mineral sites during the July 4th holiday and not check them again until mid September when I would move them to scrapes. Now I am using cell cameras and love the fact that I can leave them for months at time and still get pictures immediately.
     
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    I would try and place my cameras on the exterior of the property. Find places you can get to easily and check with minimal disturbance. If possible, drive to your cameras with a ATV and leave it running while you check the camera. Don’t check your cameras very often. When you do, make sure your scent is not blowing into the areas you expect deer to be bedded. Try and check the cameras in the middle of the day and pick windy or rainy days. You can also try and put your cameras higher and angled down.
     
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