Today as I was making my way out to the white deer-glen cabin gap saddle to put a trail cam up I thought to myself how few people even venture into this area anymore. 20 years ago there would be some people out there but now we may be the only ones. I'm not saying it's by no means a deer mecca in there but with the relatively low pressure in these parts sans the guys 100 yards off the roads it's like we have the place to ourselves. It's a really good travel area for some of these nice mature bucks we have anymore, I mean it could be a heavy horned 8 point with a 15" spread but hes 4.5 years old or better.
Last year we were fortunate to take some nice bucks.
3 of them were 4.5 plus. Mine was aged at 5.5 to 6.5
I sit back and think dang that's old. Especially in the mountains.
You know how tough that is to live that long with all these predators and the biggest of them all.mother nature?
It's just amazing to me that you take the pressure which in all reality was never that much but enough I guess away and you now see the potential. I mean we always had a few good ones but now it seems like they are more prevelant.
These mountain bucks no matter the headgear are all trophies, they are so in tuned with their surroundings let alone that old and wiser.
I just hope I'm able to be physically capable in another 20 years to tackle these smart weary mountain bucks.
So the start to another season in the mountains... Most people I know say I'm crazy cause I have such good hunting at home but I tell them I feel so much more satisfied and complete out there....
"These mountain bucks no matter the headgear are all trophies, they are so in tuned with their surroundings let alone that old and wiser."
That's why I hunt where I hunt BB... I could hunt woodlots on farms down in the valley and be much more successful, but for me it wouldn't be the same. Just simply love hunting deer in mountains; it is indeed a bit different. As said in Jeremiah Johnson: "Can't cheat the mountain...mountain's got her own way."
It amazes me how old some of these bucks are getting these days. Many of them aren't even that far back in. I think they find a spot or spots that given them advantages and make them work. I also think the older ones are more rational than others. They don't freak out when they get a whiff they don't like. Instead of running a half mile, they go a short distance and assess the situation. After a few years, they just use their experiences to help them survive. Just cool to see them.
They go where nobody else does once people start showing all of a sudden during hunting season unless does keep them where they dont want to be.
I set a camera up a couple years ago on a nasty rocky 60 degree southeast side hill with a 100 yard strip of laurel. I get no pictures or very few all year long, but once bear season starts than I get pics. There is one particular buck that has to be 4.5- 5.5 years old. We missed him last year, he was bedded there the second week of buck and I cant believe how they run down rocks where I would fall in 2 feet and split my skull open running down that through all them rocks.
We just happen to be the ones dumb enough to do it but hey, it's where they are at. Stock up on aleve, bengay and some ice cold beer and a good meal when your done for the day and hit the sack by 9pm. Than do it all over again...lol
Yes I've learned alot from them as well as others. Some of them released from the study arent far from us down in the central/southern part of bald eagle state forest. I've even talked to mr diffenbach who runs the southern crew. Its amazing what we find out. .even from the does