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Super Bowl Bucks

Sun, February 02, 2014

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That’s right I’m still seeing bucks with antlers. Actually, I haven’t seen any bucks around Sangamon County that have shed yet. I ventured out today for a quick trip to look for sheds. I didn’t find any, but I did find the bedding area of a couple of bucks. I will definitely be checking this area again soon looking for sheds.


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I’m still seeing antlers….

Sun, January 19, 2014

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I took these shots the other night of a couple of bucks that seemed to think it was still November, not the middle of January. These two were in a field and were sparring half heartedly. A group of six other bucks all still carrying their antlers were also present nearby. I was surprised that none of them had shed either side of their antlers. In the past I have seen bucks that had shed their antlers as early as late December.

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I was even more surprised to see this buck actively chasing a doe. He proceeded to pursue her for a good five minutes before chasing her out of view into the nearby timber.

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Since I haven’t posted in a while, I thought now might be a good time to give my observations about the health of the Illinois deer herd. First, let me preface this by saying I have hunted deer for the past twenty years. I have also monitored, photographed, and observed deer both in Central and Southern Illinois during that time.

Two things were apparent to me this year: The overall number of deer that I saw was down and in particular the numbers of mature bucks were down. This was the second consecutive year I had witnessed these differences. Things have definitely changed for the deer herd in Illinois, and not for the best. I can only hope that the IDNR takes action to ensure that the herd returns to its former health.

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Buck Shots

Sun, November 17, 2013

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I’ve seen lots of bucks the last two weeks and plenty of rut activity. Unfortunately for some reason I have been struggling with getting clear images to post on line. So my previous posts were deleted as I tried to figure out what was going on. Images appeared crystal clear and sharp on my computer, but looked terrible on my blog. So minus all my commentary about deer movement and activity here are a few of the pictures. I hope they look OK on your computers. Let me know.

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