The end of October is a time to be in the woods! With cold fronts working through the Midwest during the Halloween weekend Buck Advisors’ Weston Schrank took advantage of recent trail camera data. The 70 acre property has 5 cameras on it, 2 over a 5-6 ft. tall standing bean field, and 3 spread out on the ends of the property over mock scrapes.
Enter Oscar…a 3 year old buck that was caught moving through the property after crops came down that was thought to have disappeared from the property. With testosterone levels rising Oscar started expanding his roaming to a side of the property usually not hunted. Oscar was caught on camera working a mock scrape and pushing does around the nearby bedding area 3 days in a row…October 25th- 28th.
This illustrates the value of placing cameras over mock scrapes during October and November to work as central points to bring bucks in front of cameras. With Oscar on a pattern it was time to move in and start hunting the property. The only stand available was a 15ft latter stand 10 yards from the scrape and camera station. It was a gamble that I thought would pay off.
As you can see from the hunt I couldn’t have been more wrong. Oscar did not feel comfortable with the silhouette sitting over a scrape that he was sure to check after coming in to a grunt call. After this great encounter I am planning on putting in a new set specifically for this deer for the next week of November 2nd-6th.