Depending on where you live, for the last couple of months you have probably had plenty of rain or plenty of snow. For us we have had so much rain it isn’t even funny. Every day when I come home I am expecting to see some of my neighbors building an arc. The creek that runs through my front yard has made it look more like a pond than a yard. I know not very long ago we were praying for rain to get out of a drought but we are good now and could use a beak.
Every year after deer season is over I am very anxious to see which deer made it through. With all the pressure around most of the areas I hunt you would think it would take a miracle for a buck to make it. Every year it seems like a couple of weeks after the season we have some good deer show up and give us a lot of hope for the coming season. This year has been a little different so far because the good bucks haven’t showed yet.
A lot of guys take their trail cameras down after the season ends but I keep mine out to see what was left after the season. There isn’t a better way to keep up with the deer this time of year because after being hunted relentlessly for the last several months they are totally nocturnal. So far this year every week when I go out and check my camera I am expecting to see some good ones, but it hasn’t happened yet. Although the big ones haven’t shown up yet I have had a lot of up and combers using my food plots.
This year my dad and I added another four acres of food plots on our farm in hopes of attracting more deer to the area. Our goal was to have so much food for the deer that if they come through here they wouldn’t want leave, and if they did they would remember it and come back. For the most part our theory worked even though neither one of us took a deer off of the farm. We could tell the difference in the number of deer that were using it. With all of the young bucks we have right now it looks like we have a promising future if the poachers will leave them alone and our neighbors will let them live.