-By Brandon Wikman
As darkness shadows beyond the vast horizon and evening transforms into night, we are all left mystified in what creatures lurk the forest floor.
A timeframe when all previous apparent facts about giant whitetails are twisted into guesses, theories and speculations. The only distinct manner of pursuing these nocturnal nightmares is through the covert use of scouting cameras, which unveil the identity of many true legendary whitetails that may be prowling the property you hunt.
Whitetails are quick to react, whether it’s through their developed notion of predatory senses or perhaps their keen logic to discover food nearly everywhere they habituate. These animals are quite possibly the most underestimated creatures in the wild, especially when we talk about uncanny mature bucks; seasoned beyond all instances they seem to live a solitaire life isolated in nearly every form from their own counterparts.
We all begin our undercover whitetail investigations during the summer, where we can actually spot bucks from a distance, while they demolish soybean and alfalfa fields. Although, we are left uncertain on what deer move during the brink of night. Scouting cameras have revolutionized the way the hunting community and I hunt. As a broke college student with no time to spare, living in the confinements of what we’ve all come to know as, ‘the dorm,’ it’s virtually impossible to scout, hunt and be successful without the aid of cameras.
A hunter without a scouting camera is like a carpenter without his hammer. They are a way for us to capture vital information on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Scouting cameras are another pair of eyes in the woods, but without the worry of our scent or time availability.
Butch Fox of Bluff Bucks Outfitters, owner of one of the most successful whitetail outfits in the Midwest says, “We set out a dozen cameras during July and anticipate what deer we’ve grown from the previous year. It not only gives us an estimation of the quality of bucks on each land parcel, but also how much they’ve grown. We’ve specifically used cameras as our assistants, but they’ve also become my actual hunting guides, with unlimited information that defines several choices I make as an outfitter.”
I use Moultrie game cameras for several reasons. First and foremost because of they’re affordability, which I’ve actually accounted for in my college life. Which means I can purchase books and pay tuition, while still being able to afford a few cameras! They have an incredibly fast trigger speed, their easy to use and most important, efficient.
Every year it seems a new product is introduced into the industry, which dazzles the hunting community. I believe the scouting camera has done so for the past few years and their only going to get better. Performing the techniques used by professionals and tailoring it to your property can be a revelation in the way you begin to hunt.
Evaluating the information you receive on your cameras and tracing it to the property you hunt can be an intense step-by-step investigation that triggers valuable insight. Cameras give us a chance to “be there,” yet not really, “be there.” They’re truly a great device that has the capability of broadening our comprehension on deer movement and putting us on the right trail at the right time.
Most exciting, they reveal hidden messages that we all urge to decipher in the mysterious world of the whitetail underground, although we take every resource possible to understand these creatures, we will never fully understand the enigma completely.