TRAIL TALES. While summer patterns may be breaking up – both in the weather and among local deer – trail cameras can help tell the story and continue to pattern those big bucks into and beyond the heart of the fall hunting season. We cover three tips for the use of in-season trail cameras in today’s Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: Smile. A young buck in velvet gives a goofy look to a trail camera. Simonson Photo
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 9/19 – Southeasterlies – Hi 77, Lo 53, Wind SE@15, G28
Tomorrow: Fri 9/20 – Rainout – Hi 75, Lo 60, Wind S@13, G20 1” Rain
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
10:38PM 12:49PM 5:23AM 5:47PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (73% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 7:00-8:00AM. Calm conditions and sunrise will combine for a good bite and moving deer in our Edge Hour.
MAKING MOVES. As deer shed their velvet and make the shift into autumn activities, trail cameras still provide perspective into their shifting habits. If you haven’t stuck Big Otis yet, don’t worry – he’s still around and catching him on camera will still provide insight. Check cards regularly and time some of the movements, even if they are more nocturnal, using dawn and dusk as key hunting hours.
POWER UP. Make sure a second set of batteries is inserted into a trail camera for the back half of the season, as cooler conditions will sap energy from the power source much faster than in the warm days of summer. It’s also a good idea to clean lenses with a soft screen cloth to remove dust, spider webs and other thigs which reduce picture quality.
LET ‘EM HANG. Even after the season has ended, use trail cameras into winter to survey what remains of the herd in your area. Photos from December through March will provide an idea on whether or not those big bucks avoided hunters’ efforts during the archery and firearms seasons.