The Antler Almanac

Written by Big Game Camera Man on Friday, September 12, 2014

The Antler Almanac

Once upon a time, I had access to film hunts on a nice 15-acre property near Flemington, NJ.  There was a big single-family house with a meadow next to it which included a small orchard--six full-grown apple trees.  Every spring, I would fertilize those trees so they would produce nice, sweet fruit.

Sounds like a great situation, right?   There was just one little problem.  I prefer hunting in an orchard in the morning—that’s when the big bucks are more likely to show up.  But as soon as my hunter and I got out into that orchard in the morning, the deer would flee.  They almost never would return during the morning.

What to do?

I noticed that the property owner liked to get out and mow his lawn every week, early in the afternoon.  So I made an arrangement with him.  We would arrive on the site about when he was ready to start.  He would begin by mowing on the orchard side of the house, and my hunter and I could slip into our stand under the cover of his John Deere’s noise.  The deer were used to that sound, so It didn’t spook them.  We’d get set up and, soon after the mowing was finished, the deer activity would pick up.

It worked like a charm!  Deer came from all around to that orchard, clueless that we were waiting for them with arrow nocked and camera rolling.

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