Using Trail Cameras to Actually Scout Deer Movement
By: Tony J. Peterson
My social media feeds are blowing up right now with trail camera images. Throughout these digital shares – without question – the velvet-framed bucks that are front-and-center are most predominately located in one of two types of locations. The first is an agricultural field or a food plot. Vibrant soybean tops can be seen in some, or perfectly mowed and lush clover in others. If not an field or food plot, then the location of most of the rest of the images show multiple bucks standing over a mineral block or an obvious spot of earth that has has been clearly covered in granular minerals.
I don’t begrudge any hunter for either camera strategy but would ask the greater question – what are you learning with those types of camera setups?
For the field and food plot crowd, you could be gathering intel for a killer opening week ambush site. If you live (or hunt) in a state with an early-September opener, that might be the ticket to punching your tag before the season even shifts into second gear. If you hunt where the opener is in late-September or early-October, those field images could be relics of a time gone by.
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