Bayfield County Archery Hunting 2013
I left "archery" out of the new title so we can hopefully get some extra input from the dedicated gun hunters too.
They're not a bumper crop, but a healthy crop. Not big, not small...most are the size of my thumbnail.
They MIGHT be spotty...meaning, I had none in my driveway, which is usually loaded, but many in the woods where I hunt.
I saw a good amount in Delta area. I saw a good amount north of Ino.
I'm happy to say that things were actually looking great. Lots of acorns dropping. A great bachelor group of bucks including a whopper hanging out at my favorite spot. Only problem is that I had my camera set on video.
I'll try and get some still shots from my computer screen to upload.
But, I can honestly say that I was pleased with what I saw, with one caveat...I had only 1 picture of a fawn between two cameras in 2 months and it was early in July...nothing since.
Im West of you in Douglas County and I cant see our bucks getting any more stunted then they did between 2012 and 2013. I have only checked 1 out of 8 cameras and it was a month ago and we were on pace with last year at that point. Every buck we had on camera and could ID that was 3.5 years old+ in 2012 went down hill in 2013. I can think of at least 6 different bucks that lost bone.
I sure hope they don't lose more this year. They had a rough winter.
I actually moved my camera from my private land river crossing. I had the same doe coming to mineral daily and she looks in bad shape. I have yet to see a fawn in Delta and believe me, I've been looking.
Saw plenty of deer between Delta and Iron River on Hwy H. They seemed to be healthier, coincidentally, being closer to houses, I'm sure they've been fed. I saw a fawn dead on the road with two does standing next to it. Bummer.
Will not take meat from Bayfield County this year. Will trophy hunt only and take meat from down south.
My trail cameras have all been set on video mode so I don't have any pictures to post. However, I believe the antler growth is behind 2 weeks. If I were a betting man, I'd say that many of the bucks will have stunted antler growth this year. I have one video of a buck that had a spread past it's ears in the middle of June that hadn't even forked out yet that got me excited, then when I checked the camera again I had a buck with a spread past the ears with only small points growing up. Looked like the same buck. I suppose it could be two different deer with similar genes but it's not often I get video of 2 different bucks, both with spreads past the ears on the same camera.
We'll see on Labor Day Weekend (Unless I sneak away for a weekend up there).
I heard the guy that's cutting 140 acres next to me has 30 deer on his property running to the tops when the trees fall. This may explain my lack of seeing deer. We'll see what happens come fall.
I do have a really funny video. Anybody that says bugs don't bother deer outta see it. So, the camera turns on with a doe bedded down 10' from the camera. She's shaking her head side to side as the infrared lights up all the bugs flying around her. She lasted 10 seconds and then got up and left.
I'm tempted to hang up a thermocell right over a bait pile and see if it affects the deer at all. Maybe they'd leave me a thank you note!
Good day, Chris