It is always amazing to me that bucks I have never seen while hunting a small tract of property show up in my trail cam pictures at night. I hunt on 350 acres in Central Texas but I am limited to 110 acres of this place and pretty much know all the deer on the place. I run two stands and feeders and these nocturnal bucks go unnoticed most of the time.
Almost every year there are a few bucks that show up on trail cameras at night but are never seen. These are the bucks that learn to pattern people and usually come out after dark and go back in heavy brush before the sun comes up. I am always surprised when I jump up one of these big bucks in the day time. You can find them in strange places with little to no human traffic. I have jumped them from brush piles by houses, right behind the barn, in a large cedar pile right out in the middle of a bare field and other places where you would never think about finding a big buck bedded down.
Here are a few helpful tips to scare up those big nocturnal bucks.
1. Check out the micro brush systems where you hunt and it might surprise you what you find.
2. Also hunt at strange times like the middle of the day. These deer figure out that people leave the stand mid-morning and do not return till mid-afternoon and they can get up a while and feed.
3. Obviously hunt the rut as it is the one time these isolated nocturnal bucks will make mistakes. When a doe is in heat they will get up and follow no matter the time of day.
As with most of us, the female of the species is often detrimental to our health. Good luck and happy hunting!