Buck Tales: Camera on trail helps hunter bag his buck
Trail cameras are an important piece of equipment for today’s deer hunters, and Marcel Nadeau of Halfmoon will attest to that.
In early November, his cam showed a nice six-pointer visiting the area at about 5:30 a.m. daily. Several days later, Marcel climbed into his tree stand, and at about 4:30 p.m., the buck showed up, nose to the ground, following the 60-yard Code Red Estrus scent trail the hunter had laid.
At 10 yards, his arrow was right on target. The buck wobbled 40 yards out, then just disappeared.
When Nadeau reached the last spot he’d seen the deer, there was no blood, but he found his arrow, which showed it was a clean pass-through. With light running out, he had to give up and pick up the trail the next day.
He and a friend returned in the morning in the pouring rain, and unfortunately, if there had been a blood trail, it was washed away. Several hours later, Nadeau continued to look, and just when he was about to give up, he saw a white patch, and there it was, only 150 yards from where he’d shot it.
Buck number two was taken opening day of firearms season in the Southern Zone. He was hunting in Rensselaer County when he saw a spike horn chasing four does that ran right in front of his tree stand. One shot from his Remington Woodmaster .30-06 ended the hunt.
The Beecroft farm in Schaghticoke has again given up two nice bucks. Seventy-year-old Gary Elliott of Troy took a healthy eight-pointer with his .308 Browning BLR at 125 yards.
Adam Beecroft, who had already tagged a nice bow buck there, got a surprise when he checked his trail camera and saw what was probably at one time at least an eight-pointer, but only had four perfect points on one side. And when it showed up, Adam shot it with dad’s dependable old Remington 35-caliber pump. The buck weighed 150 pounds.
The Good Guys deer camp in Allegany County had a good bowhunting season, and has also been having a good rifle season. It began with a two-deer day for Glens Falls hunter Kraig Price, who was in his climber stand in time to watch the sun come up — something all the club members do. His stand overlooked a ridge with lots of sign.
About 6:30, the Tink’s 69 scent rags he had hung attracted two does headed his way, and at 20 yards, he filled his Deer Management Permit. Just in case there was a buck following the does, he stayed in the stand about two hours, then emptied his Bruce LaChapelle’s custom 300 winmag rifle and climbed down to dress out his doe.
He’d just started on the doe when he heard something and looked up at a big buck 20 yards away, looking right at him. He quickly loaded the gun. The deer was off and running.
Kraig let out a yell, and the buck stopped. All the hunter could see was its neck, but that’s all he needed. The buck carried 10 big points and tipped the scales at 155 pounds. All done on the same day!
Once again, some of our young guns also connected. Fifteen-year-old Jacob Keast of Glens Falls shot his first deer, a spike horn, with his mentor, Bob Shufelt, watching, and 17-year-old Joey Guy of South Glens Falls shot a spike horn at
Aaron Weils of Glens Falls, a member of the club for quite a while, shot a three-pointer opening day, with his 7mm Weatherby at 15 yards. That same day, Jamie Guy of Glens Falls filled a DMP tag.
I spent the first five days — a total of about 50 hours, three of which were 10-plus hours a day — in a tree stand, the rest on drives. I had at least 10 excellent opportunities, all within 25 yards, to fill my doe tag, but I chose not to. On my final stand with about 30 minutes of legal shooting time left, a doe ran within 10 feet of my tree stand.
Five minutes later, out came the buck — at least a six-pointer — with his head down, making his way through the woods following the doe. Three more steps would’ve put him in an open shooting lane, but a nearby shot stopped him momentarily. He spun around, ran and left me “crying” in the tree.
The final day before the camp emptied of hunters headed home for turkey, Aaron Goodspeed of Glens Falls came across a fresh buck track in the snow and decided to follow it. After about an hour of sneaking and peeking, he caught up with it, and one shot from his Remington .30-06 rewarded him with a heavy-racked nine-pointer that weighed 151 pounds.
This week’s last tale took place in Saratoga County, where Jim Jennings Sr. of Schuylerville took a big North Country buck during the muzzleloading season.
Jim had been on watch for some time and decided to wait five more minutes before moving. A good decision, because shortly after that, his .50-caliber smoke pole dropped a nice nine-pointer that dressed out at 210 pounds — lot of venison there.