Deer Hunting 2020
With doe tags starting at the beginning of the week, it is about time to get the deer thread started.
The last two years were pretty frustrating with regard to daytime deer sightings. I blamed it on a number of factors, but the most prevalent seemed to be my west neighbor’s well overflow that fundamentally flooded my woods. This kept me from keeping trails clear, unwanted growth at bay, and really seemed to change travel patterns.
Late winter, we came to an agreement and he mitigated the flow and my woods dried up in about three weeks that I could get in and put things back the way they were three years ago before he built. The results have been more daylight physical sightings, more daylight camera results, and just more camera results period. The deer seem to be back on their original patterns.
Looking at the buck prospects, the following are verifiable sightings (seen physically more than five times, seen on camera more than five times, or a five time combination of physical and camera where the deer can be positively identified by size, shape, distinguishing marks, etc.)
Spikes — 4 — one is a youngster, the other 3 are older
4-points — 6 — two are youngsters, the other 4 are older with two being 3.5 come hunting season and one even older — none have brow tines
5-point — one that is 2.5 come hunting season with one brow tune
6-points — two — 2.5 — one with a perfectly round hole in its left ear — we call him gauge since it looks like he had a gauge earring removed
8-points — two — one is 3.5 and the other older (I have three seasons of him with antlers. The older one we have named “V” because of the shape of his antlers. At this point, he is wider than his hind quarters, doesn’t start to spread until after about 3-4 inches above his ears (hence the name “V”), has 6-8 inch G2’s, 3-4 inch G3’s, but really has no mass at all.
Nothing with more points is about as a resident or near resident. I have one photo of a huge bodied buck on a licking branch, but it was early May and antlers were just starting. No sightings since.
So far things look promising, as long as they don’t go completely nocturnal.
The poster formally known as Duncsdad
Everything I say can be fully substantiated by my own opinion.