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#6441002 - 09/06/16 06:46 PM Nocturnal Whitetail...
PWRANCH Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 04/19/16
Posts: 108
Loc: San Angelo, TX
We have tried getting this deer from several different areas putting game cameras and this is the only place we get him and it is only at night. He is an excellent deer but we cannot figure out where he hangs out on our place. Does anyone else have deer that only show their faces at night like this?


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#6441078 - 09/06/16 07:27 PM Re: Nocturnal Whitetail... [Re: PWRANCH]
Wilhunt Offline
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Registered: 07/26/13
Posts: 2335
Loc: New Braunfels, San Saba county
Saw one like that 3 years ago on our place just before daylight, have not sen him since. He is a nice one!

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#6441198 - 09/06/16 08:40 PM Re: Nocturnal Whitetail... [Re: PWRANCH]
HardcoreCarnivore Offline
Tracker

Registered: 01/06/14
Posts: 609
Loc: Argyle Texas
Helicopter mid day maybe lol but that's a lot to find one buck haha

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#6441631 - 09/07/16 07:56 AM Re: Nocturnal Whitetail... [Re: PWRANCH]
kdkane1971 Offline
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Registered: 01/30/14
Posts: 1802
Loc: Mesopotamia
Maybe some of the HF bashers will chime in - to them, it should be easy to find him.

Beautiful buck, sir. He will slip up one day up texas

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#6442226 - 09/07/16 01:43 PM Re: Nocturnal Whitetail... [Re: PWRANCH]
PWRANCH Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 04/19/16
Posts: 108
Loc: San Angelo, TX
Haha... That is why I decided to post it in the exotic section to stay away from all of the negativity.

Thanks,
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#6442285 - 09/07/16 02:17 PM Re: Nocturnal Whitetail... [Re: PWRANCH]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
He has to be drinking water, so I would move TC's around to water. Hide the camera very well and put it up higher facing downward. You might try to put a TC perpendicular to a trail so it is facing back to the trail about 20' away. Put a pile of corn in the trail that the TC is aiming at. If the site line back to the TC is narrow the buck will not see the TC since he will be looking at the corn. I did this on bucks that were hard to find. I found a lot of travel routes on bucks that way which allowed us to set up and rattle in those bucks. One thing I started doing on a ranch in South Texas was taking a 2x6 block of wood the size of a TC and paint it the same color as the TC. I would then hang that block of wood on everyfeed pen fence. The deer got used to them and I could hang the TC on that block. The amount of bucks/deer I got on TC went way up.
I had a buck that I could see every time I fed the roads he would move off the road no more than 50 yards from the truck sometimes but I could not get him on any TC pics at the feeders. He would see the camera, hear it or see the flash and go to another feeder. One day he was feeding on the road I had just fed when I was heading back in. Where he walked off the road I stopped and hid a TC camera in a tree and fed with road feeder in that spot , then left. Went back later that evening picked up the TC and took the film(1995) to get it processed. I finally had 6 pics of that buck after 3 yrs of trying.
Deer see anything new around a feeder and react to it. I did a test with at TC at a corn feeder at my house. I was amazed at how the deer reacted to a TC tied to the feeder leg. Got almost no pics the first night when I would see 15-20 deer at the feeder. That night only 7 pics and very few deer. The can smell the TC and you. The can see the red glow of the IR. I know than can here the "ping" sound some of the TC's make as they take a picture, when I had better hearing I could here it myself on the older TC's. On my TC now I put black tap over the flashing red light that shows when there is movement in front of the TC. Some deer just react to anything new or different and that does not matter how high or low the fence is.
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#6442574 - 09/07/16 04:43 PM Re: Nocturnal Whitetail... [Re: PWRANCH]
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Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 33685
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
Stx has some good ideas. I would put up a camera farther along the trail that he is coming from and try to "back track" him to learn where he is hitting the fence at. From there, you might be able to narrow down his core bedding area and from there, you can figure out where he is watering and what food source he is using.

Good luck up
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#6443749 - 09/08/16 12:47 PM Re: Nocturnal Whitetail... [Re: PWRANCH]
BenBob Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/27/06
Posts: 5824
Loc: Undercover
A whitetail buck that big is pretty dang exotic as far as I am concerned.
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#6443750 - 09/08/16 12:50 PM Re: Nocturnal Whitetail... [Re: PWRANCH]
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Registered: 01/27/06
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Loc: Undercover
Do you ever get pictures of him leaving the same direction he entered the area from, or are all of your pictures of him from behind?
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#6448753 - 09/12/16 11:57 AM Re: Nocturnal Whitetail... [Re: PWRANCH]
titan2232 Offline
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Registered: 12/29/14
Posts: 3012
Loc: Conroe, TX
You'll find him dead sooner or later assuming your high fence is good.
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#6449148 - 09/12/16 04:07 PM Re: Nocturnal Whitetail... [Re: PWRANCH]
maximus_flavius Offline
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Registered: 04/24/13
Posts: 386
Them big ones are mostly nocturnal & hard to find. It's how they get big!

Standing by for HF haters........

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#6449766 - 09/12/16 10:47 PM Re: Nocturnal Whitetail... [Re: maximus_flavius]
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Originally Posted By: maximus_flavius
Them big ones are mostly nocturnal & hard to find. It's how they get big!


That's what I've read many times, that once a buck reaches a certain age, he goes totally nocturnal, except during the rut. Should he survive long enough to stop having an interest in breeding, you'll never see him in daylight.
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#6449816 - 09/12/16 11:53 PM Re: Nocturnal Whitetail... [Re: Texas Dan]
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Woodsman

Registered: 10/12/11
Posts: 239
Loc: West Texas
Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Originally Posted By: maximus_flavius
Them big ones are mostly nocturnal & hard to find. It's how they get big!


That's what I've read many times, that once a buck reaches a certain age, he goes totally nocturnal, except during the rut. Should he survive long enough to stop having an interest in breeding, you'll never see him in daylight.


^^ I agree but will add that they will move during very cold fronts. When night temps are extremely cold so that it makes them bed down for the night. They will have to move around during the day to eat and drink. Some of the best bucks I have killed was in extreme cold. Usually 2-3 days in. My speculation is that the first 1-2 days they will bed all of that time waiting for warmer temps. After 1-2 days they have to move around. My biggest buck was killed around 2:30pm and the high temp was 6 degrees.

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#6449918 - 09/13/16 07:27 AM Re: Nocturnal Whitetail... [Re: TX Hitman]
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Originally Posted By: TX Hitman
Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Originally Posted By: maximus_flavius
Them big ones are mostly nocturnal & hard to find. It's how they get big!


That's what I've read many times, that once a buck reaches a certain age, he goes totally nocturnal, except during the rut. Should he survive long enough to stop having an interest in breeding, you'll never see him in daylight.


^^ I agree but will add that they will move during very cold fronts. When night temps are extremely cold so that it makes them bed down for the night. They will have to move around during the day to eat and drink. Some of the best bucks I have killed was in extreme cold. Usually 2-3 days in. My speculation is that the first 1-2 days they will bed all of that time waiting for warmer temps. After 1-2 days they have to move around. My biggest buck was killed around 2:30pm and the high temp was 6 degrees.


Makes sense.
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#6449941 - 09/13/16 07:47 AM Re: Nocturnal Whitetail... [Re: PWRANCH]
rifleman Offline
Sparkly Pants

Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 43786
Loc: Kingwood
Grid the place with cameras.

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