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Well, just checked the trail cam and at first they were being all nice and yummy looking walking around the field, and then one of the tasty beasts decided to bite my trail cam... :angry:

You're lucky it's not rut. No telling what that deer might be doing to your camera.

What camera is that? I keep thinking I "need" one to play with at my camp.

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​You spelled "delicious" wrong.

​And..... you still knew what he was talking about :)

 

You're lucky it's not rut. No telling what that deer might be doing to your camera.

What camera is that? I keep thinking I "need" one to play with at my camp.

​It is a stealth Cam (hence the logo in the bottom left corner. :whistle:   I picked up the package deal (2 for $70 when they were on sale) at fleet farm. 
 

just keep looking around and you will find a few good deals on them. I also have a WildGame cam, There are good and bad with the cam... It is good for video and picture at 8 mega pixels, but the downfall I do not like is the size of the logo they have on every picture. I only use this one for video.

There are many different functions and depending on what you are really looking for in a cam depends on which one you are going to want to get... If it is just basic video and pictures.. I would definitely get the stealth cams again! 

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​And..... you still knew what he was talking about :)

 

​It is a stealth Cam (hence the logo in the bottom left corner. :whistle:   I picked up the package deal (2 for $70 when they were on sale) at fleet farm. 
 

just keep looking around and you will find a few good deals on them. I also have a WildGame cam, There are good and bad with the cam... It is good for video and picture at 8 mega pixels, but the downfall I do not like is the size of the logo they have on every picture. I only use this one for video.

There are many different functions and depending on what you are really looking for in a cam depends on which one you are going to want to get... If it is just basic video and pictures.. I would definitely get the stealth cams again! 

​So much for the stealth part.

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​So much for the stealth part.

​As a human you would have a hard time spotting it, but I guess deer know better..or it could have been because I was eating an apple while I was attaching it and the smell could have been residual..... who knows, but I do have to say... there really is not a scratch on the cam. 

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​It is a stealth Cam (hence the logo in the bottom left corner. :whistle:

I saw the logo and was too lazy to look it up and see if that was a brand name or a model name.

Every time someone leaves a Cabela's flyer lying around at work, I keep looking at them. Someday I may actually buy one! Then maybe I'd have more than bear shit as "evidence".

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Roping a deer

 I had this idea that I was going to rope a deer, put it in a stall, feed it up on corn for a couple of weeks, then kill it and eat it.


The first step in this adventure was getting a deer. I figured that, since they congregate at my cattle feeder and do not seem to have much fear of me when we are there (a bold one will sometimes come right up and sniff at the bags of feed while I am in the back of the truck not 4 feet away), it should not be difficult to rope one, get up to it and toss a bag over its head (to calm it down) then hog tie it and transport it home.
I filled the cattle feeder then hid down at the end with my rope. The cattle, having seen the roping thing before, stayed well back. They were not having any of it.


After about 20 minutes, my deer showed up, 3 of them. I picked out a likely looking one, stepped out from the end of the feeder, and threw my rope. The deer just stood there and stared at me.


I wrapped the rope around my waist and twisted the end so I would have a good hold. The deer still just stood and stared at me, but you could tell it was mildly concerned about the whole rope situation.
I took a step towards it...it took a step away. I put a little tension on the rope and then received an education. The first thing that I learned is that, while a deer may just stand there looking at you funny while you rope it, they are spurred to action when you start pulling on that rope.


That deer EXPLODED.


The second thing I learned is that pound for pound, a deer is a LOT stronger than a cow or a colt. A cow or a colt in that weight range I could fight down with a rope and with some dignity. A deer-- no chance.


That thing ran and bucked and twisted and pulled. There was no controlling it and certainly no getting close to it. As it jerked me off my feet and started dragging me across the ground, it occurred to me that having a deer on a rope was not nearly as good an idea as I had originally imagined.


The only upside is that they do not have as much stamina as many other animals. A brief 10 minutes later, it was tired and not nearly as quick to jerk me off my feet and drag me when I managed to get up. It took me a few minutes to realize this, since I was mostly blinded by the blood flowing out of the big gash in my head. At that point, I had lost my taste for corn-fed venison. I just wanted to get that devil creature off the end of that rope.


I figured if I just let it go with the rope hanging around its neck, it would likely die slow and painfully somewhere. At the time, there was no love at all between me and that deer. At that moment, I hated the thing, and I would venture a guess that the feeling was mutual.


Despite the gash in my head and the several large knots where I had cleverly arrested the deer's momentum by bracing my head against various large rocks as it dragged me across the ground, I could still think clearly enough to recognize that there was a small chance that I shared some tiny amount of responsibility for the situation we were in, so I didn't want the deer to have to suffer a slow death, so I managed to get it lined back up in between my truck and the feeder - a little trap I had set before hand...kind of like a squeeze chute.


I got it to back in there and I started moving up so I could get my rope back.


Did you know that deer bite? They do! I never in a million years would have thought that a deer would bite somebody, so I was very surprised when I reached up there to grab that rope and the deer grabbed hold of my wrist.
Now, when a deer bites you, it is not like being bit by a horse where they just bite y ou and then let go. A deer bites you and shakes its head, almost like a pit bull. They bite HARD and it hurts.
The proper thing to do when a deer bites you is probably to freeze and draw back slowly. I tried screaming and shaking instead. My method was ineffective. It seems like the deer was biting and shaking for several minutes, but it was likely only several seconds.


I, being smarter than a deer (though you may be questioning that claim by now), tricked it. While I kept it busy tearing the tendons out of my right arm, I reached up with my left hand and pulled that rope loose. That was when I got my final lesson in deer behavior for the day.


Deer will strike at you with their front feet. They rear right up on their back feet and strike right about head and shoulder level, and their hooves are surprisingly sharp. I learned a long time ago that, when an animal -- like a horse --strikes at you with their hooves and you can't get away easily, the best thing to do is try to make a loud noise and make an aggressive move towards the animal. This will usually cause them to back down a bit so you can escape.
This was not a horse. This was a deer, so obviously, such trickery would not work. In the course of a millisecond, I devised a different strategy. I screamed like a woman and tried to turn and run.
The reason I had always been told NOT to try to turn and run from a horse that paws at you is that there is a good chance that it will hit you in the back of the head. Deer may not be so different from horses after all, besides being twice as strong and 3 times as evil, because the second I turned to run, it hit me right in the back of the head and knocked me down.


Now, when a deer paws at you and knocks you down, it does not immediately leave. I suspect it does not recognize that the danger has passed. What they do instead is paw your back and jump up and down on you while you are laying there crying like a little girl and covering your head.


I finally managed to crawl under the truck and the deer went away.


So now I know why when people go deer hunting they bring a rifle with a scope to sort of even the odds.

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I saw the logo and was too lazy to look it up and see if that was a brand name or a model name.

Every time someone leaves a Cabela's flyer lying around at work, I keep looking at them. Someday I may actually buy one! Then maybe I'd have more than bear shit as "evidence".

​I know we have bears, but I was only able to catch it once on cam in two years. I don't know if it is because they like to wonder at night and being black it is hard to pick up on cam, or what... 

Do you know where they are living on the property? are you able to track their most used game trail? that would be the best place to put the cam. I have tried several location on our property. There are more then a dozen game trails running in all directions. I found a new one yesterday that I put a camera up onto. There was a lot of deer and coyote scat on the trail.. If all works well, that is where I will be placing my blind this year. 

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We got a nice one for my husband for his 60th. He loves it.

P.S. We also love Fleet Farm. :)

​There is one I have been looking at that I would love to own, but I can not find the courage to shell out $$$$$$ on it.  

I have heard great things about it, but just can't pull the trigger on buying it..... 

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The more cam's the better if you are going to do hunting. you can really track the patterns of their movement. Plus if you have loads of game trails like I do, you will need them to track down their bedding location..LOL

The bad news is trying to locate your cams once you move them around enough.. I really need to invest in a form of GPS instead of trying to remember TOPO and congas locations..LOL

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Well, the deer blinds and camp are pretty much set. It's just fun to see the pics. Never know what sort or wildlife antics you'll see. As in your OP!!  :D

​I agree...  fawns are fun to watch as they jump around and play. ..........    plus you can also catch people milling around :angry:

 

Well, for YOUR 60th..... ;)

​I have to wait another 20 years??? by that time I will have bought more then 12 more..LOL

Here is the picture from a different direction of the deer nibbling on my cam..LOL

I should really fix the time stamp dates on the other cam... Least this cam is correct..LOL

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​IDo you know where they are living on the property? are you able to track their most used game trail? 

Nope. Apart from the bear shit, I've only ever seen the southbound end of a northbound one.

I was walking the dogs and saw two black butts go over a log, ahead to my right. When I got up there, Zôe came out of the trees to my left. After taking off my shoes and doing the math I realized two on the right and one on the left makes three...and I only have two dogs.

I bet if I was to set up a trail cam in the blueberry patch in July, my odds of a bear picture would substantially increase. 

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Nope. Apart from the bear shit, I've only ever seen the southbound end of a northbound one.

I was walking the dogs and saw two black butts go over a log, ahead to my right. When I got up there, Zôe came out of the trees to my left. After taking off my shoes and doing the math I realized two on the right and one on the left makes three...and I only have two dogs.

I bet if I was to set up a trail cam in the blueberry patch in July, my odds of a bear picture would substantially increase. 

​chances are very likely you would get a picture by placing it there...We have wild raspberries that grow all over our property... not sure if they are munching on them or the deer ar... I just know if I do not pick them soon enough, there are none left for me..

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​ I just know if I do not pick them soon enough, there are none left for me..

The back 1/3 of my yard is scrub, and loaded with blackberry canes. (SO made a righteous batch of blackberry brandy last year). We have a ton of deer, (but no bears) but I've never seen deer show any interest. 

The birds, however will decimate them and leave thank you notes on my car.

Apropos of that, here are some chickens chasing blueberries: http://i.imgur.com/99X3uRh.gifv

 

 

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Are those your chickens??? They look like they are having a good time. 

I was thinking of getting a few for our property up north, but alas I am not there enough, but they would really knock down the tick population on out property

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