TRAIL CAM DO’S AND DON’TS

How to get the shots you need to pro­file a ma­ture buck By Tony Hansen

Outdoor Life - - THE BUCK PROFILE -

DO: MAKE YOUR OWN RUB­BING POST

Bucks love to rub on cedar. If you don’t have any in your hunt­ing area, you can lash a cedar fence post (avail­able at most farm sup­ply stores) hor­i­zon­tally be­tween two trees about waist-high. Bucks will be­gin to use it as a rub­bing post, giv­ing you an ex­cel­lent cam­era lo­ca­tion.

DO: STEAL LICK­ING BRANCHES

Mak­ing your a mock scrape is a proven tac­tic for log­ging good trail cam pho­tos. But, you can make a mock scrape even bet­ter by tak­ing a lick­ing branch from an ex­ist­ing scrape in an­other area and trans­plant­ing it to your new scrape lo­ca­tion. Af­ter find­ing an ac­tive scrape, sim­ply cut the lick­ing branch, then zip tie it above your mock scrape. Wear la­tex gloves to avoid scent con­tam­i­na­tion.

DON’T: PLACE CAM­ERAS ON TRAILS

Trails seem like they would be good cam­era lo­ca­tions, but they’re poor spots for cap­tur­ing im­ages. Bucks walk­ing along trails af­ford sin­gle-photo op­por­tu­ni­ties at best. At night, most of those im­ages will be blurry with move­ment. In­stead, fo­cus on ar­eas where deer will be sta­tion­ary.

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