Thursday, January 31, 2019

Bucks Out Back

“There ain’t no deer” has been a frequent complaint from hunters who don’t get very far from a road. But anyone who has camera traps in woodland quickly comes to see that there are quite a few deer in forest and field.

A friend who lives near the Big Woods knows the deer are there, and there's no shortage of them. He’s said there were deer around his house all summer and fall, although he hadn’t seen bucks around the house and nobody at his hunting camp had seen any bucks.

Not wanting to burst his bubble or break his heart, I hadn’t told him that I’d gotten photos and videos of bucks on the hill behind the house before and during hunting season –

After deer season was over and the woods had been virtually empty of humans for several weeks the camera on the hill above the house caught –

And here’s the question, where were those bucks during hunting season and how did they survive – and how did the older of those bucks escape during previous hunting seasons?

The Deer-Forest Study being conducted by the Pennsylvania State University has shed some light on where deer spend their time during hunting season; and has offered some answers on how the bucks out back may have avoided hunters in this post on the study's blog.

The hill out back becomes steeper and rockier as the elevation increases until the slope rounds off to the top, not terrain that makes for easy deer hunting. But it is terrain that's a good place for deer to lay low.


eileeninmd said...


I know deer hunting is important to keep their population down but I am glad these deer have a hiding spot. Love the videos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post today. Happy Saturday and have a great weekend.

Jenn Jilks said...

Yes, the hunters and predators are a cycle of life and death.

The videos are wonderful. We have only one big buck, the others are much smaller, but we are on 16 acres, bordering a wetland and 35, then 600 acres, some farmland.
Your bucks are amazing.

(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

A Colorful World said...

Oh I just loved the two videos and am so happy these bucks are surviving! The four (or was it five) older ones in the second video were just stunning!

KB said...

I'm happy the bucks survived

Marcia said...

One year we let my brother in law hunt on our wooded acres. He didn't see one deer, yet they would walk through our backyard. Go figure! If he'd sat on the back deck he'd probably would have had better luck.