- By Rich Miller
As the garage door reached its peak and became quiet, a familiar feeling came over me that no words can explain. It’s that feeling you get on a morning like this one when the temperature is in the low sixties when has been eighty every morning; it just seems to make me automatically feel better. It felt like a cool October morning when I would be heading to the tree to do a little early-season bow hunting. There was no wind and everything around the house seemed to be in a better mood on this morning.
As you can imagine, the temperature in July don’t stay in the middle of the thermometer long and it got right back to where it was supposed to be. That afternoon, I wanted to go to the farm and check one of my Moultrie cameras to see what had been going on for the past couple of weeks. My parents had been seeing several fawns around and I was hoping I might have some pictures of them. Also, there were a lot of young bucks that showed up in January and I was anxious to see how many of them were still around and what kind of progress their headgear was showing.
It has gotten to be a family ordeal when checking my camera. I used to just jump in the truck or golf cart and just hurry in and hurry out, but no, my little boy always seems to know where I am headed. That afternoon was no different so we loaded into the golf and headed out to check our camera. When we were halfway between the gate and the camera, we topped the hill and there was a big doe feeding in the middle of our fields. Luckily, she hadn’t heard us coming and Tye got to watch her for a while. After swapping cards and getting back to the house, we had about 400 pictures to sort through. We had the usual squirrel, bird, and turkey pictures but the deer had been there quite frequently, also. There were a lot of does there at all times of the day and night, but I have yet to get a picture of any fawns. By the look of several of the does, I could tell that they had been nursing, though. There was also a lot of buck activity in front of the camera, although there were not any monsters. There were – at my best count – seven different bucks that I could make out for sure. I think most of the bucks are two years old and one might be three, but I can’t tell for sure. I just hope that all of them can make it a couple of more years. I have got to get a few more cameras out in the next couple of weeks.
It should be a whole lot of fun trying to keep Tye out of the way while I get them up and ready. I don’t know when I started using my first game camera, but one thing is for sure…they have made the off-seasons a whole lot more fun!