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Summer Habitat Work Pays Off

Many of you WAS members probably remember my video of prepping and planting the small in the woods food plot back in August. This is a small plot located out on the end of a peninsula next to a wetland crossing. Well after burning, disking and planting the rains did come slow at first but lately once a week or so. Growth has been good so about 10 days ago I placed my game camera on it to see what I would get. Each year when I do a number of different habitat improvements I’m always optimistic to how the deer use and frequent areas they didn’t have before, and this “micro” food plot is no different.

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Here’s a refresher of the process, burn the dead debris, disk and seed, new growth a week old.

Game cameras can be hot and cold; the anticipation of what you’ve caught on camera verses the reality of often times not a lot of good photos or any good bucks, but every once and a while you get some unexpected photos so when I pushed the card into my computer last Thursday seeing I had over 450 photos in just one week had me wondering just what I would see.

I did get plenty of does, fawns and many young bucks but about halfway through the series of photos I got a nice surprise of a family group of antlerless deer feeding and intently watching two bucks posturing in the background. Over a series of 5-6 photos these two bucks ended up putting their heads together and sparring right in front of the camera. The one larger buck I believe is a good looking 2-1/2 year old and has a nice tall 9-point rack the other buck is a 1-1/2 year old 6-point.

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First photo the audience looks on as the two boy’s posture ears back on the young one, second photo their sparring as the young one watches from a safe distance.

I found that all kinds of creatures are using this small food plot right now turkeys and squirrels seem to enjoy it as much as the local deer are.

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A Nice flock of turkeys work this food plot over and a fox squirrel moves across the plot as well.

What I liked about what I saw was all the daytime photos of does, fawns and bucks as well coming into this plot with regularity.

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