Still No Sheds....

Posted by Scott Mensing | Posted in , | Posted on Friday, February 26, 2010

This years shed hunting for us has been SSSSLLLOOOOOWWWW..... But unlike most years, we've been continuously running trail cams to get a better idea of deer patterns. So even though we haven't found any sheds, we at least get to check trail cams every couple of weeks to see what's been running around the properties. And with a combination of numerous trail cams on a single property and all of this snow we've been getting, it's allowed us to really get a much better idea of deer movement patterns, even on properties that we've hunted for a few years now. Hopefully this late season scouting will benefit with much more productive tree stand locations in the fall.....but even though we haven't had much luck with sheds, it's still fun pulling cards..... Here is a video taken off of our newest Bushnell. The quality of the videos on these newer cameras is amazing. But the best thing is that this camera has been running for nearly four months (during the winter) on the same 8AA batteries. It's so nice not having to carry four D batteries with you every time you check the camera.

Another Set of Bushnell Pics

Posted by Scott Mensing | Posted in , | Posted on Friday, February 19, 2010

These Bushnell Trophy Cams are great!!! ....maybe that's why people are stealing them from our properties..... But Bo and I hung a couple cameras on a new property we really didn't get a chance to hunt during the last couple of weeks of season and I really wish we would have taken advantage of the property during the season. I had the cameras out for 10 on video and a trail and the other on 100 lbs of corn and snap shot mode. The camera on the corn filled up a 1GB card in three days.....that's nearly 1000 pictures in three days!! I would say only 10% of the pictures did not include an animal, which is a great percentage. The camera on video mode also filled a 1GB card but in 8 days and had nearly 90 videos and the same deer success rate. This property is only 80 acres but the deer sure seem to travel through it! I was hoping to get a few pictures of turkeys on the cameras but I'm guessing they were just down in the fields instead of the ridges where the deer were. Next season is going to be a lot of fun out there! Here are a few of the pictures off of my newest Bushnell.

20 Hours and Still Counting...

Posted by Scott Mensing | Posted in , | Posted on Monday, February 15, 2010

I am really starting to rethink this shed hunting thing... I have been able to get out and walk for 20 hours since Friday and haven't found anything, except trespassers, thieves and my first armadillo. Friday, I walked a property that usually doesn't start producing sheds until March for seven hours and came home empty handed. I was able to pull a couple of stands though so the day wasn't a total loss. But I still figured I would at least find a couple early drops, but to no avail.

On Saturday, Michelle and I took the dogs down to our Kansas lease for a little exercise and shed hunting. This property usually always produces a shed or two on each trip, but not this time. Michelle and I walked four hours and only found a dead armadillo. After not finding any bone, even more problems... Bo and I have had one of our Bushnell trail cameras untouched on that property for three months. But when I went to pull the SD card with possibly hundreds of videos.....there was no SD card to pull. Our only guess is that someone decided to trespass on the property looking for sheds and didn't like getting their picture taken. At least they were nice enough to leave the camera though...

On Sunday, we got out for a couple of hours to shed hunt another Missouri property only to find out that a Bushnell trail camera that was just hung on Friday had been stolen. Some low life crossed three different property lines to get the camera as we were able to follow footprints across the entire property to where they jumped the fence to get back to their house. It's really amazing how people just don't respect other people's properties or possessions.

And today, I walked another property for a couple hours and saw the most deer sign I have ever seen on a single property. We didn't find any sheds, but the sign is very promising for the upcoming season. I ended up seeing approximately 200 different deer beds, one herd of 25 deer, another herd of five, and another of 35 deer. Each of the herds were on completely different corners of the property. But we did see a couple different bucks in those groups that were still carrying both sides. So we're going to wait and let the snow melt and then get back out there and see what we can find.

So after 20 hours of walking, a stolen SD card, a stolen trail cam and no sheds, I think I may be hanging up my boots for a couple weeks to wait for the majority of the bucks to drop their antlers and also allow my legs some time to recover. What a frustrating weekend......I sure hope my next post to MB is in a much more positive manner than this one.

Latest Trail Cam Pics

Posted by Scott Mensing | Posted in , | Posted on Monday, February 08, 2010

On Saturday Bo and I ran over to another Missouri property we got permission to bow hunt late last season and the owner has been kind enough to let us run a couple trail cameras on the property to get an idea of the number of deer on the property and to see how many bucks have dropped antlers and how many are still carrying. Well, I screwed up on the first camera and didn't take a quick shot before I left to make sure the camera was operating properly. The new Bushnell cameras offer a quick shot function that allow you to take a quick picture or video, just to make sure everything is setup correctly. Unfortunately, the SD card I had put in the camera did not want to work properly in this camera so we lost two weeks of video. But we got it repositioned and everything was running correctly when we left so hopefully next week we'll have better results. Here are a few of the pictures we got. Three shed bucks showed up, along with one button buck. A lot of does also showed up so hopefully next year we'll be able to do some QDM on the property and fill our freezers!

The Lobsided 9

Posted by Scott Mensing | Posted in , | Posted on Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Yesterday afternoon I ran out to one of our Missouri properties to pull a tree stand and found the Lobsided 9 in the bottom of a steep drawn less than 80 yards from my stand.  We had a pretty good history with this buck over the past year.  He showed up on camera quite a bit and I had him at 3 yards during the second week of November.  He was only a 2.5 year old and would have been a pretty good buck next year if he would have made it.  I didn't have much time to examine the carcass for a cause of death, but we'll take a closer look when we run back out there to shed hunt in the coming weeks.  We haven't put a tape to him yet but he should score somewhere in the 115 - 120 range.