By Mark Kenyon
My dreams have finally become reality.
After fantasizing all summer about my Ohio property and what deer might have made it through to 2015 – I finally know who made it, how my hit-list is looking, and whether or not I’ll have a chance at winning my podcast trail camera bet with Dan. And the news is mostly all good.
Trail Camera Updates
My trail camera situation was mixed, but overall I can’t complain too much. The bad news was that one of my cameras malfunctioned for most of the summer, taking thousands of pictures of weeds, three times a minute, every minute of the day. So right off the bat, 50% of my photo opportunities were gone. On my second camera, which did work, my mineral block was finished off by the end of June, so late July and early August saw very little visitation from bucks. Most of my activity in front of this camera was in May and June, so I had very few photos of my local bucks with fully grown antlers. None-the-less, I still was able to get a few good pictures and inventory several of the bucks I was hoping would show back up. Here are the three returning shooter bucks I’m the most excited to see, and photos of them from last year for comparisons sake. Can any of these deer beat Dan in the trail camera contest? It’s yet to be seen. Dan has a super wide giant that looks probably the most impressive, but I think score-wise I might still be able to compete once these guys are done growing.
We will see … Let me know what you think about these deer in the comments section!
First and foremost, we’ve got my old nemesis Glenn back for his third year on our farm. I missed him with my muzzleloader in 2013, he blew up in 2014, and this year he looks like he’ll be a giant five year old. The most recent picture I have of Glenn is on July 3rd, which you can see below, and obviously he’s nowhere near being full grown. But just from this pic, we can see that he’s going to be wider and his brow tines look like they’ll be better as well. If he put on the inches like I imagine he would throughout the rest of the July, I’m betting he could be Boone & Crockett caliber by now. Very excited to check cameras again in a few weeks and hopefully see Glenn in his full glory!
Junkyard: Next up we’ve got Junkyard, who was a summer resident in 2014 and now is again this year. Just like last year he has tons of junk around his bases, multiple brow tines on each side, and splits on his G2s – but it looks like he has triple brows on his right side now AND given our last 2015 pics were taken on July 18, he should put another couple inches on before he’s done growing. That said, it looks like he’ll be well over 180 this year and at least six years old – if not older. Hopefully he’ll stick around this fall, but last year he did not. We’ll just have to wait and see.
JJ: The jump of the year award goes to JJ, who absolutely blew up this year. Last summer he looked to be a nice three year old, who seemed to have a similar frame to the legendary Jawbreaker – so we named him JJ, short for Jawbreaker Junior. Now it seems he’s surpassed his namesake, and blown into a true giant as a 4 year old. JJ spent a lot of time on our farm during the fall of 2014, so I’m hopeful he’ll be a buck we’ll have a good chance at this fall. Can’t wait to see him hard horned!
Velvet Scouting: In addition to checking trail cameras and doing some tree stand prep, we also got to drive the surrounding area and scout for velvet bucks feeding in the evening. Here are a few of the bucks we saw!