I think I found the Lone Oak Buck.
I have just one photo, but judging from the size and shape of the buck’s head and body, this is a fully mature buck. Lone Oak would be 6 years old this year, so I would expect him to look like this this deer in the body and head – saggy neck and big pot-belly.
Plus, it was in the area where I expected to find him, based on prior history. If you look at the antlers this year compared to 2016 – when he was 4 years old – you will see they are very similar.
Historically, this buck has never really gained the antler size I expected. In fact, he got a bit smaller from 3 to 4, believe it or not.
So, for Lone Oak to be roughly the same size he was in 2016 is no big shocker.
I am pretty sure it is him – at least 90%. I need more photos, so I will move a few more cameras into the area to see what I can find.
It is just interesting to me that I have had two cameras in this area for 14 days over corn and this is the first photo. Either he is not there much, doesn’t move much (super small range) or avoids cameras. I need to figure out which one it is before I can come up with a plan to hunt him.
Obviously, getting more photos on additional cameras is the key to learning these things. So, as I said, the next step is to move more cameras into the general area and keep learning.
Check back and I will take you along on the story of patterning the Lone Oak Buck.
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