Heartland Outdoors: Shootin' Whitetails

Bucks and Bigger Bucks

Monday, October 11

It’s great to be here at Heartland and working with Jeff again. I look forward to posting pictures and stories about what is happening with the deer herd in Central Illinois.  Autumn is advancing and so is the deer activity. Over the last few weeks I’ve seen a marked increase in deer activity not only does, bucks too, and some big ones. Friendly sparring and tine tapping from two weeks ago has become more pronounced pushing and shoving among juvenile bucks.

Sparring Bucks1

Sparring bucks2

These young bucks are establishing their status among their peers. I watched as most of these bucks would spar with each other then move along the field edge stopping at scrapes with licking branches.

Sparring bucks3

Mature bucks are showing themselves in daylight hours too, and I’ve been able to photograph a few great looking bucks including the two below.

Big Boys1

Big bucks2

In the weeks ahead things will continue to heat up and I plan on being there to get some more shots.

Spotlight buck

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