The thinking, at least my thinking is, if someone associates a big buck with a specific hunter, other hunters may try to either sneak onto the suspected home turf of the big buck or onto adjacent property.
Actually, I know hunters who don’t share pictures with close friends who are in the same club or who hunt the same property. Not that I would ever do that.
Well, when Wild Life regular Ralph Barton sent me his latest batch of scouting camera shots, he said “You don’t have to keep my name secret.”
The short of it is he hunts public land and knows that he has little company out there, and will have little company out there no matter what kinds of shots he shares. After all, checking his cameras requires a hike (and not an easy one) of about 5 miles.
I love this shot of this mature buck sneaking past one of Barton’s stands. (Again, the fact that he leaves his stands out there shows just how little concern he has about other hunters finding this spot.) He also got many bear pictures, including the great shot included here.
Many of you are looking forward to getting out Saturday for the youth deer hunt. I’d like to take one of my girls out to hunt, but not for deer. I need to check some stands and I’m thinking we’ll just carry air guns in case we run into a squirrel or two. Maybe we won’t even wait for Saturday to do that, as squirrel season is open now.
One of my girls, Elisabeth, has been practicing with my Benjamin Maruader .22 pistol (with a carbine stock so it can be held like a rifle) and is dead nuts with it. One evening before I left for Alaska I was putting rotten tomatoes on sticks and she was not missing. Any squirrel within 15 yards would be hers.
I expect I’ll have some nice hero shots to post starting Saturday.
Good luck to everyone heading out, and be safe out there.