Trail Cameras, an Injured Hawk, and Baby Prep

Trail Cameras, An Injured Hawk, And Baby Prep

My increase in concern over how much time I’ll have to hunt this fall is inversely related to the decrease in time until Baby Biebel arrives. My concern hit an all-time high this past weekend when I made my first scouting trip of the season. It’s hard to adequately describe the feelings of anticipation that I feel when standing over a pile of deer poop in an acorn infested stand of oaks. Knowing Mr. Big roams through this area, even if at night, is enough to get my heart rate up. That, and the mile-long hike to get there.

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One Powerful Tip for Effectively Interpreting Trail Camera Pictures

CDY_0131I was looking through trail camera pictures the other day in an attempt to take them more seriously. They are mean spirited devices, each year providing me with pixels of antlered beasts that I’ll never lay eyes on during daylight hours. Sometimes, it seems that the sole reason for their existence is to inform me of what I’ll never end up shooting. It’s awful and exciting at the same time.

I must admit, my strategy for using trail cameras over the years has been pretty bland. I hope to pattern deer in an effort to better my chances of a successful hunt, but in the end I usually only end up with a general understanding of what is roaming the woods. What I lack is a solid understanding of how they are roaming the woods. Perhaps this is a side effect of heavily wooded areas like the northeast where the deer aren’t as easily patterned as their counterparts in the Midwest where open land is more abundant. When it’s all woods, the bedding and feeding areas are more scattered and less defined. This makes patterning Mr. Big a little more difficult.

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Greatest Trail Camera Pics

3 bear cubs

For many, trail camera season is in full swing, but I’ve yet to have an opportunity to set any up this year. After looking back through some pictures, it’s obviously time to buy some batteries and hang some cameras! Until then, I’ve decided to share a few of my favorites (like the three bear cubs above) from over the years.

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A Morning “Hunt” with Sam

Checking Cams with Sam

 Some days are just fun. Last Saturday was one of them. I love my little boy and last weekend we were able to spend a morning together in the woods “hunting”. The night before he was so excited for his hot chocolate that he didn’t fall asleep until 10 pm. His normal bedtime is 7:30, but around 9:30 when Steph went in to his room to try and quiet him, I overheard him tell her about the cup of hot chocolate he was going to have the next morning. 🙂 


First Taste

This was Sam’s first sip of hot chocolate. It’s funny he was so excited the night before because he hadn’t ever tasted it before and I’m not even sure he knew what it was!

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