This summer has been as busy as ever. As many of you know, the farm that I have harvested the majority of my whitetails on was sold this past June, which led me to aggressively start seeking out new farms to hunt for 2017. One thing that you can never have enough of is options, and although I had other farms to hunt, I knew I needed to pick up a few more. You never want to put yourself in a position where if you lose a farm that you have nowhere else to hunt and forced to be sitting on the sidelines.
As the months have gone by I have acquired access to some new farms, and I’ve spent much of my free time this past summer scouting, hanging new stands, and running my Muddy Pro Cams in an effort to see what caliber of bucks call these farms home. So far, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with what I would call a bumper crop of good bucks that remind me somewhat of the time period before EHD hit in 2012. It’s still not as good as before then, but it’s much better than it’s been in recent years, at least in my area. We are finally starting to get our age structure buck here in southern Iowa, which is what we were missing after EHD took its toll.
On the farms I’ve hunted for years, I’ve been busy with every day maintenance, running trail cameras, and planting Arrow Seed plots and green screen. For as dry as it’s been I’m very happy with what our plots look like up to this point. We’ve been fortunate to catch some good rains at just the right time and most of our plots are looking lush and should be a great attractant this season. I’m looking forward to monitoring my trail cameras to see if I can find a big buck moving during daylight hours with the hopes of capitalizing early.
Speaking of big bucks, some familiar faces have shown up. A few of these bucks made good jumps, a few stayed about the same, and one (Crossbeam) went downhill. Regardless, when another year of history is added to the story it’s always an exciting, and a few of these bucks I have 3-4 years of history with. One thing I’m looking forward to this year is sharing their stories with you, most likely as they outsmart me the majority of the time.
Lastly, my intent is to continue to bring you as many updates as possible in as timely of a manner as possible from mine and Alex’s season in the video and written formats. With the season beginning in Iowa on Sunday, I’ll be in the field every chance I get when the weather and winds are right either in front or behind the camera, so be sure to follow along.
To end, I’ll share with you a handful of the bucks that we’ll be chasing this year, as well as one stud 4-year-old that we’ve put on the ‘Do Not Shoot List’. I really hope he makes it one more year!
I plan on bringing another update soon and I’ll be sure to share with you a few more bucks from our hit list as well.