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    Default Backyard Bucks I've seen in 2017

    I was reviewing some game cam SD cards and thought i'd post up the backyard bucks I've seen behind the house.
    This is a wooded area just off a residential plan and between those homes and a commercial area about 100 yds over the hill from the homes.


    I didn't see many deer at all early into the archery season.

    A problem I consider when I do see a shootable animal is the direction I think they will run to.
    Last thing I want is to have a deer drop dead at the school bus stop 200 feet from my stand with my bolt sticking in it.

    While I was doing a Christmas bird count, i was walking through a 14 acre tract of land adjoining my property.
    A policeman from that municipality drove into our community to park and then walked through the snow to intercept me.
    This was post rifle season although this area is archery only due to the proximity of homes.

    Turns out the cop manages the land for the owner and uses it for his and his sons personal hunting area.
    We had a pleasant enough exchange and I asked him if he would permit me to hunt an additional 50 yards onto the property he manages.
    He declined.
    No problem, I'm still legal to hunt my small patch of trees.
    He has seen no deer and has 3 stands placed at pretty heavily traveled deer trails.

    Ok, he has allowed me to walk the woods except during hunting season. I'm OK with that.

    Anyhoo, My buddy up the street about 500 to 600 yds is also a backyard hunter and we exchange pictures of deer / bucks we see.

    He told me he had a small buck chasing doe during the rut.
    Turned out to be this guy.

    2017-12-31_10-22-26 by poofy27, on Flickr

    I saw him once with his nose down and moving pretty fast. He never even saw me.

    I saw two bucks trotting pretty fast together just after daylight one morning while I was in stand.

    I think it was these 2.

    IMG_1238 by poofy27, on Flickr

    Buddy down the street said he kept seeing a 4 X 2 a lot and I never did see him till later.
    2017-12-24_05-14-59 by poofy27, on Flickr
    2017-12-24_05-15-16 by poofy27, on Flickr

    He thought there was another decent buck and I got him on cam just before I went up north hunting and not seeing anything.

    IMG_1127 8 point by poofy27, on Flickr

    This is the guy that I eventually shot after a 730 garbage truck spooked him to run directly under my tree.

    I think this is one not in the other pics but I suppose could be one of the 2 smaller racked bucks sparring under meystand. This is at the gut pile of my buck.
    IMG_0021 Buck at gut pile by poofy27, on Flickr

    I have seen one I think is a 3 point and a spike buck as well. No pics turned up yet.

    As far as doe, I have a doe with 2 yearlings back there all the time.
    There is also a doe with a single yearling and a herd of 5 doe.
    I'm not sure if any of them are multiple sightings or if the herd consists of any of the ones I mentioned.
    I have seen single doe as well.


    During the year, i usually have a salt block up but remove it more than the 30 days required.

    My neighbor just texted me a couple minutes ago that the yotes are making a pretty good racket like they were fighting. I told him they may have gotten a deer and were establishing who goes first.

    Anyhow, that's what I have back there. My 2 flinter buds want a guided hunt as they haven't even seen a doe to shoot at up to this point.

    The municipality the officer was from contracts the culling of the herd after the season. Silenced rifles at night.
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    Default Re: Backyard Bucks I've seen in 2017

    Nice shots, what's the cam and its features?
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    Default Re: Backyard Bucks I've seen in 2017

    The ones banging antlers look like they're doing it just for the camera.

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    Default Re: Backyard Bucks I've seen in 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by bogey1 View Post
    The ones banging antlers look like they're doing it just for the camera.
    It really takes a while to train them. I was looking for another shot of the one I shot going at it with a smaller one.

    I have 4 cams and thousands of pics I review, delete and save.

    2 are Bushnell. I don't like the daylight pics. They come out darker than the video but I like the option of 3 stiils and a 25 sec video.
    Another is a knockoff still / video cam. daylight is fine but night shots suck. They literally gave me the $100 cam when I complained.

    The last one is pics only. pretty clear decent stills. I'm not sure what brand. it's on a tree right now.
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    Backyard Bucks !
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    Default Re: Backyard Bucks I've seen in 2017

    I don't have any pictures but about 8 weeks ago I had a limping 8 pointer being chased around by a little 4 pointer right outside the bedroom window. He was snorting away the whole time too.
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    I should put the camera out because there have been three doe at the bird feeder the last few nights.
    I wonder if it'll work in single digit temps?

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    Default Re: Backyard Bucks I've seen in 2017

    Here's a 5 point that came by a few nights ago

    IMG_0001 5 point #1 by poofy27, on Flickr.

    a couple buttons in a herd of 4
    IMG_0102 2 Buttons by poofy27, on Flickr.

    If these guys get through the culling. that the township has been doing the past few years, they may be up and coming shooters
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    Default Re: Backyard Bucks I've seen in 2017

    half rack. I suppose they could be shedding already but it seems a bit early.

    IMG_0257 half rack by poofy27, on Flickr
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    Default Re: Backyard Bucks I've seen in 2017

    This made it through so far on special regs, cam date is about month off behind


    Here is under the apple tree in sept


    Not a good year for big ones here nothing over 8 pts, most bucks showed up when the soy was green still then traffic stopped

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