• December 2011 - Volume 14, Number 5


    This hunter is fanatical about keeping records of the deer activity revealed to him by his game cameras. Follow his methods to put one on the wall this season.

    Trail cameras are not just for taking whitetail snapshots for the deer camp family album. These handy camera devices originally designed for those “gotcha deer moments” have grown up, matured and advanced technologically to the point that they are now considered essential equipment for landowners, game managers, wildlife biologists and white-tailed deer researchers, as well as deer hunters.

    This giant chunk of national forest land is a squirrel-hunting hotspot this time of year.

    It’s a well-worn mantra from grey-beards such as myself: Many of us who are closer to 65 than we’d like to admit cut our hunting teeth on squirrels, rabbits and quail. We didn’t use camouflage clothing or high-priced squirrel dogs. Evening entertainment consisted of two or three local television stations that signed off before midnight, with the National Anthem and a rousing display of military might, all in black and white. This is just to say it was a much simpler time.

    Ready to catch some wintertime crappie? It’s hardly ever any easier than it is right now.

    Kent Driscoll kept his head down as he slowly motored across the face of the Sardis dam. It wasn’t because the weather was all that cold. It also wasn’t because wind was whipping in his face.

    This club has some unique ideas about growing trophy bucks, and their management plan seems to be working.

    Ronnie Corkern had to wait only one year to see the value of quality-buck management.

    Five years ago, his third season hunting a 2,200-acre tract in Jefferson County, Corkern had a beautiful 15-inch-wide 13-point at only 10 yards.

    The buck was as good as dead. All Corkern had to do was pull the trigger, and he’d have another rack for his trophy room.

    Think big and plant big, and you’ll see wildlife benefits for decades to come.

    In my lifetime, I have only known the Delta to be an expanse of rowed-up dirt that is planted annually with various crops that feed and clothe the world. Deltans can look across a field that continues for miles with no apparent end. Approaching lightning storms on hot summer nights can be viewed from what seems to be as far away as Texas.

    Use trail cameras to follow the movements and habits of trophy bucks on your property.

    Rick Dillard eased through the woods in full stealth mode with his rifle ready for action as he worked his way toward his afternoon stand on a late December hunt last year. With a heightened sense of anticipation, Dillard scanned his surroundings quickly as a doe ran by.

    Jason Garbo puts trail cameras to use to kill big bucks.See the special feature beginning on page 8 for more details.