Sometimes it is more important to be lucky than good! The problem with the camera has been on my mind since I set it up on 7/25. I got there and the light was on. So I knew I had battery power. Now the question was, “Is it working?”
So I pulled the whole thing (rather than just the SD card) in case I needed to deal with a problem.
The first video was taken yesterday. It was a nice doe at 6:30 AM looking very nervous. The next one was her spotted fawn stepping out directly in front of the camera. Both were very nervous focusing their stare towards Stand #1. The next video they are gone! There was all kinds of room and area to see them if they walked off, so I guessed they bolted.
An hour and a half later, out steps our big buck! His rack covered in velvet, VERY WIDE, he trots off towards Stand #3–where I guessed the other two went.
The next video, 5 minutes later, he is standing in the scrape sight. He starts thrashing his antlers in the overhanging evergreen that last year’s buck, and every other buck, uses as a licking branch.
He moved so much and so fast that I’m going to have to look closely to determine the number of points. He is at least an 8 and probably more. I guess this proves the need for a stand on Buck Knob.
Wow! Now that will get your juices flowing.
The rest of the trip observations were:
- Lots of water, not even considering it was August, which gives us a bumper crop of mosquitos.
- The biggest, if not the most, low bush blueberries I ever saw.
- Consequently two steaming fresh piles of bear droppings.
- Saw red efts, the juvenile eastern red-spotted newts, for the first time this year.
- Blackberry crop looks good.
- Still too early to get a good indication on the acorn and beechnut crop.