I NEVER SEE MY TRAIL-CAMERA MONSTERS
If every trail cam pic you have of those big-antlered bucks is taken in the middle of the darkest night, it tells you something. Those deer are nocturnal, and it may be due to the pressure you’re placing on the area—or the overall hunting pressure in general. Truth is, a strictly nocturnal buck can be almost impossible to kill. The rut, combined with an incoming cold front, can sometimes bring the big boys out during daylight hours, but it's far
from a slam-dunk. If you’re capturing photos just prior to or after daylight, then you’ll need to do a little recon and move closer to the buck’s bedding areas to catch him in daylight. The good news is that you’re onto a buck that’s huntable. The bad news is, now you’ve got to move on that deer without spooking him. This is an ideal time to hang a stand and hunt it the very same day. Slip in during the day and pick a spot where you don’t have to cut big branches or leave scent across major deer trails. You have a good chance of ambushing him that evening when he leaves his bed. And what if you’ve got daylight pics of your buck but have never seen him while hunting? Might be time to put the cell phone away and pay closer attention.
Change your tactics depending on the times you’re getting trail-cam shots.