-By Randy Cooper
June is the month of new birth in the woods. You see rare and precious things this time of year if you are patient and know what to look for. I have a Moultrie deer feeder at the end of a food plot in my back yard. When I first put it up over a year ago, I didn’t know what to expect. Finally, the deer found it and I began to get as many as 10 to 12 pictures of deer feeding under it every couple of days. I was so excited that it was getting a response. Today, things are a little bit different. Now I’m getting over 100 a night!!! My record for one night is 166. I have to admit, sometimes it’s almost boring to sit and go through all those pictures day after day. I do this each day because I know, like so many times before, that somewhere in those pictures there will be something truly rare and special.
Last November, I caught a buck fight on my camera. I’ve seen the aggression a buck has as he runs off rivals to protect his does and his food source. The other critters like raccoons, foxes, rabbits and even a ferret are comical to watch in their natural movements.
I have a mineral station on a local property with a Moultrie I-60 camera covering it. I’ve seen just about everything happen around the mineral site. Lately, the deer have been bedding down right beside the site. I literally have to stand in a deer bed to swap out my SD card each week. It’s so cool!!! I truly do love my Moultrie game cameras.
Through what I’ve seen in recent days, the does are so pregnant they are about to POP!! What blew me away was when I checked footage taken over the mineral site the other day. A doe I began calling “BIG MAMA” because of her tremendous size was standing in front of the camera about 20 yards away acting funny. This footage is rare to say the least. If you watch her mid section closely, you’ll see the fawn or fawns she’s carrying moving around so much its unbelievable! I’m sure I was seeing her RIGHT BEFORE SHE GAVE BIRTH!! She is twitching her tail like she is agitated and she also begins to lick at her tail. Run the footage back and forth and see this awesome sight. I’ve never seen anything like it before and feel so fortunate to have once again caught something so special on camera.
I’d like to know if anyone else has seen this rare event. Please comment on this post and let me know. I look forward to the does bringing their fawns to my feeder as I know they will later this month. Get yourself one of these great cameras and capture your own special pictures. They are priceless!!