t-roy....I thought the same. I don't spend as much time learning about bick bucks as you and others do. Are you aware of mature bucks that will finish growing appreciably earlier in the year than others? I was shocked when my son sent that picture. It looks like the height to width ratio is closer to the end than 2+ months away.
It's always interesting to see how they develop at vastly different rates. I have seen some that are nearly done by the end of June and others that really put on the inches toward the end of July and in to August. I have no early growers this year so still waiting to see what a couple develop into.
I can put on a 100 miles a day in prime areas here in may/June and see 100's of does n fawns. Very few sightings of bucks untill about mid July when the beans really start growing. Then the bucks get real visible.
Cali season starts on Sat. They have an Archery Only tag that i get every year. It allows you to hunt through all the gun seasons as well. Thats not advisable in this state. I have anotrher tag for Nov as well. That means i can hunt from July into Dec and can take 2 deer. Its tough huntin for sure. Good Luck everyone this year.
Not sure how this ones going to turn out. I think good. Northeast Pa, on June 2nd. I need to go up and check. But try not to leave to big of a footprint. I about 2 weeks I'll check again. All my other cams I just put out 2 weeks ago. This deer pic, I put the camera out in turkey season, mid May. Don't even look to of turned inward yet. So hoping.
I planted a little 1 acre upland plot below my house. About a 1/4 mile from any significant cover. Deer have decimated the soybeans and sunflowers in my blend. Even though there’s 90 acres of ag beans literally 40 yards away. Finally put up a trail cam and got this guy in cam the first night
DH72....I took the liberty to embed your cool deer vid. If you weren't sure how to do it, it's super easy to do. Click on the "Share" link below the vid. Click on the "Embed" link. Copy/paste that entire link that pops up to your post here. That's all there is to it.
This is all I get out back, one's a 6, and one's an 8...8^)))
Funny thing, I was watching them for a while and a couple fawns came bouncing out running and frolicking around wanting to play... The basketracks seemed unnerved by the spotted guys and took off... Had to chuckle, big brothers didn't want any part of those energetic fawns...8^)
This will be 4th year hunting this one. Got a lot more massive this year but won’t be quite as tall as last year. I think he might be just shy of 60” of mass. Passed him up during late season last year because he broke off the end of his main beam and G3 literally the night before. Watching him every night in the neighbors bean field hoping he decides my buckwheat and brassicas will be more appealing pretty soon.
I'm 500 yards from them. That one in back is likely just over 170. Double g4s on both sides. Double brow and split 3 on his left. One on bottom has something funky going on with his hips.... he made a huge jump from last year to this year. Might crack 160 with all the palmation and extras. Probably 5 other 120-140 class deer in this field at the same time as these 2.
This buck I know pretty well... I have seen him while hunting and on camera since 2019. Seems like he spends more time on the neighbors across the road. I'm pretty confident he's 6..so he's got the game figured out by now. He'll be a hard one to put together an encounter with, but It won't be for lack of trying!
SaddleReaper- you have some giant deer man. The one I’m after is in my foodplot every night after dark, we’ll see how it ends up, he’s just coming out of velvet last night and tonight it looks like he’s completely out. Seems like he’s shifting his pattern back onto mine from the neighbors. Season starts in 11 days so a lot can change. This year he’s not as typical as the past two years but he’s starting to look pretty old, just in how he’s moving around. He’s super palmated this year and the webbing goes up almost halfway between his G3 and G4 on both sides. I’d be willing to bet those mass measurements will be over 10” by themselves, possibly a lot more. Sometimes I want to kick myself for not shooting him last year and having the rack repaired. He was standing next to the one I shot which was the dominant and believe it or not, more impressive buck. Time will tell. Good luck with the deer you are after!