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#1 On My Bowhunting Hit List

by John Mueller 9. July 2010 12:42
John Mueller

I've gotten a few pictures of this buck on my Moultrie i45 trail camera so far this summer, and he looks like a really good buck.  The photos were taken 3 different times as he was headed down a trail leading to my food plot.  And all 3 of those times were in daylight. So far he is #1 on my deer hunting hit list for this fall, but his buddy in the one picture isn't too bad either. If he shows up alone, he may just get an arrow sent his way as well.

This is the 3rd summer I have owned my property and this is the most summer buck activity I have ever seen. This year I have corn and soybeans along with milo and wheat in my food plots. I think that is what is keeping the bucks around. Plus the fact that I created a 5 acre bedding area in my CRP ground. I replanted it to Native Warm Season Grasses last year, which are really starting to grow and reach a good height for the deer to bed in now. I hope this guy sticks around for the opener, because if he keeps using this path, I know where I will have a stand hanging.

If it weren't for using trail cameras I would have no idea this buck was in the area. I have never laid eyes on him before these pictures were taken.

The Moultrie I45 takes Infrared Pictures in lowlight situations and color pictures in daylight. You can get yours right here at Bowhunting.com by clicking this link. 

"Doctored" Scrape Really Got Results

by John Mueller 26. October 2009 12:22
John Mueller

            After seeing all of the threads on making mock scrapes recently, I decided to give it a try. I really haven’t been using any kind of commercial scents in recent years at all. I just never had any response to them or any success. After doctoring up a small scrape I found around the edge of my food plots last week and seeing the results on my trail camera, I may start using them again.

 

            I really started noticing the scrapes appearing around my food plot last week. While picking up some supplies I went into the hunting section and picked up a bottle of Wildlife Research Active Scrape and a bottle of Code Blue Dominant Buck Urine. I decided to give this mock scrape thing a try.

 

            I picked out a scrape in the narrow part of the field, figuring any buck crossing through there would see it or smell it and stop to work it over. There has been a scrape near this spot each year I have owned the property. I broke some of the small overhanging branches for good visual effect and sprinkled some of the contents of each bottle in the scrape and also on the branches above it. I then took my Moultrie I 40 Trail Camera and attached it to the tree the scrape was under.

  

         The only problem I have with the results, is all of the pictures were well after shooting light. The bucks are only visiting the scrapes at night. But hopefully once a few does come into estrous they will drag the big boys out during daylight.

         The following pictures are the results at my “Doctored” scrape. I can’t say for sure that the bucks wouldn’t have visited this scrape anyway, but I can say that the scents I put down sure didn’t scare them away. I now have my Moultrie I45 set on the video mode on another scrape. I’m hoping to get some video clips of these bucks working that one over this week. Stay tuned for the next blog! 

You can purchase the scents I used or any of your favorite brands here at BH.com.

http://www.bowhunting.com/shopping/Departments/Scents.aspx?sortorder=1&page=1

 

 

This buck found the scrape the night after I doctored it up.

 Working over the licking branch.

 Another buck a couple of nights later.

 A tall narrow 10 pointer a couple nights later.

Getting a nose full of scent.

 Working over the scrape itself.

This is the stud I really want. Hopefully one of the ladies gets him to do something stupid.




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