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Trail Camera Scouting Methods for Mature Bucks
Most hunters know that catching up with a mature buck during daylight
shooting hours can be frustrating and hard to predict. Yes we all know when
the rut traditionally takes place. But too many hunters just lock in on a date
they had a great experience in the past and that is there go to time for
taking a vacation in search for a big buck. Using that method can pay off but
can be quite inconsistent for success on big bucks.

Now we all want to know/discover that magical secret for consistently
predicting mature buck movement. Yes there are calendars, phone apps,
etc. that can help assist with pointing you in the right direct for the best
times to be in the woods or on vacation. But the problems with calendars
and phone apps is that they are created to be sold to everyone world wide
and are not designed to be area specific or aka "not just for you". So if you
are interested in discovering a method using your trail cameras, that can
help you specifically predict/target day time "mature buck" movement in
advance and specifically to your area? Then keep reading.

Now in order to first understand how those hunting phone app's and hunting
calendars even work. You just simply need to understand there is actually
only one ingredient which is "The Moon". Now allot of people bank on the
phases of the moon to predict increases/peaks in deer movements. But I
think we can all agree that we are all after a nice mature trophy for the wall
and "not just ANY deer". So what else is there that we can do with the moon
to help take our trophy hunting to the next level? One just has to simply
spend allot of evenings in the field paying close attention to the moons
position each night and then matching up the rise and falls in deer activity
with the different positions of the moon each evening. Put in an honest
effort doing that and I promise you will join the few that have already taken
the extra time to get familiar with how it is actually "the moons position" that
has the biggest factor on deer movement. But if you don't stop there and are
willing to apply a 110% effort into narrowing down the best moon position
for  mature buck movement. Then you will be well on your way to
consistently filling your buck tags with bigger bucks. If anyone needs a little
more assistance with understanding the mechanics of the moon method.
Visit this page of our website   
http://www.backwoodswhitetails.com/biggamemoonhunting.html

So now with having a better knowledge & understanding of how to "use the
moon to make it happen". What is the next thing one can do to help increase
their success on mature bucks even more? Well for those that haven't
already caught on. There is a way hunters can use their trail cams to get
more that just some cool deer pic's or for searching out that one buck you
hope to have hanging on your wall this fall. By simply understanding the
mechanics to moon combined with utilizing several trail cams, keeping a
disciplined record of all day time mature buck movements and by comparing
notes on mature buck with others. You will soon be able diagnose your trail
cam pic's as for what days mature bucks will be on their feet "during daylight
hours" in the future.

Now just taking a quick moment to go back to information given from moon
calendars and lunar hunting app's. If one takes notice, they will find that
peak movement times are being shown to increase and decrease every
couple of weeks. That is due to it takes the moon 27 1/2 days to return to the
exact same spot in the sky at a set time. Divide that number in half and you
got yourself 13 3/4 days, thus every couple of weeks. Now again the moon
calendars focus just on the rising & falling peak deer activity. But we are
going to get more technical by focusing on just how the moons gravitational
pull is forcing the mature bucks to move during the daylight in your specific
area. To get started, each hunter is going to need to gather up a good
arsenal of trail cams. Whether it be just yourself utilizing a good handful of
cams or if it is yourself and a few friends using allot more cams on different
farms. Just know that one or two trail cams more that likely isn't going to cut
offer allot of info. To quickly explain why it is going to take knowing what the
mature bucks are doing in other areas as well as yours. If you happen to only
be able to hunt one farm. Then that is where your buddies trail cam info is
going to come in to play. You will all be comparing notes for the days that
each of you had captured pic's of mature bucks on their feet during daylight
shooting hours. Heck, you can even compare notes with friends living in
other states where you will soon discover that your day time pic's of mature
bucks will be within a day of (if not the same day as) their daytime mature
buck pics.

Now If you still are not seeing where we are going with this. Let me try to
help simplify things a bit. Each year we personally utilize 70+ trail cams to
monitor the whitetails on several different farms that are literally spread out
over a 60 mile radius. So when the same things are happening (with mature
bucks) all on the same days on all of our farms, it is no coincidence. It is
actually the gravitational pull  of moon position that is causing an increased
level in "Mature Buck Feeding Activity".
Also I'm sure that everyone has at some point experienced lulls in their trail
cam activity. Meaning you put your cams out, get a burst of trail cam pic's.
Then the next time you run your cams, it is like the deer all fell off the face of
the earth. The you go back to run them again to get another burst of deer
pic's. Well don't feel like the Lone Ranger as this happens to all of us. Again,
it is no more than a lull in deer activity caused by an off moon position. So
instead of hunters becoming frustrated, one should actually be getting
excited as you are gaining the needed info to pin down future mature buck
movement in daylight hours. Not to mention that at least now you can rest
assured that it isn't a faulty trail cam, lol.

Now the next experience I want to draw your attention too is how many times
have you,

1.) Had several nice bucks on trail cam. But the pic's of the mature shooter
bucks were always at night time with the exception of about once or twice a
month?

2.) Not had any nice bucks on cam except every now & then?

If you can relate to those two things. Then you are one step closer to
predicting buck movements with your trail cams.
Step one is to simply keep a file of every daytime picture you get for just the
mature bucks. After a couple of months of gathering cam pictures you
should begin to see that those daytime movements are showing to be 12 - 14
days apart. Thus, every two weeks apart, thus half of the 27 1/2 days that it
take the moon to return to the exact same spot in the sky. Are ya starting to
get the picture?

Through our years of running an overload of trail cameras on several farms
over a 60 mile radius. We have been able to learn not only how the moons
position can have a big effect on mature bucks leaving the safety of cover
during daylight hours. But we have also come to realize we can better
predict in advance up to within a day or two for when mature bucks will be
on their during daylight shooting hours. We personally use this scouting
method each & every year to help hunters with choosing best dates for
planning a trip.

Remember that nothing in hunting is 100%. Although this method will prove
to be a success for predicting big buck movement. Remember you are still
hunting a very educated animal with years of experience with humans.
Therefore hunters will need to keep a detailed daily log of wind direction
and weather conditions so as to become familiar with each individual animal
in effort to see how he is using the winds to travel, how he is using the wind
to enter/leave a bedding area, on what winds he travels a specific ridge,
how he enters a field or food plot based on wind direct, etc. Hunters still
need to have an invisible approach and exit to the best of your ability.
Hunters still need to prepare their trail cam and stand sites months in
advance to prevent any new smells from last minute trimming and most
important hunters still have to make every effort to be as scent free as
possible.
Feel free to call or email us at anytime for assistance on understanding how
to use this method. We are always here to help and we wish everyone a safe
& successful season this fall.
  Turning your Trail Camera Pictures into Bucks on the Wall