EVEN 3 X 3 BLACKTAIL BUCK MAKES IT THROUGH THE 2012 HUNTING SEASON
I thought I would share my latest pictures that were pulled from my one trail camera that I have left on a crossing area in the rural part of Oregon City, Oregon. This is agricultral land, with parcels of land running from a couple of acres to a few hundred arces. The Columbia Blacktail is quite the deer in that most of the time they are very nocturnal and will come out ususally during the fall season, just at dark!
I have had access to this land for about three years (3) and in the 2012 I did a few things different on the land. It was the first time to ever put up a tree stand and install cameras in key areas. It is also legal to put out apples or other feed for the deer to feed on.
Prior to 2012 I would use Blackberry bushes for cover and making ground blinds, or just do the spot and stalk on Blacktail Bucks.
So 2012 from about May and through the season, I not longer would spot deer and stalk prior to the Oregon Archery season to take pictures or videos’. I chose to see what had come into the trail cameras instead and try not to distrub the game at much. It was most interesting with as many as 12 bucks moving in and around the trails.
I had name 3 of the Blacktail bucks during the time prior to the opening day, such as Even 3 X 3, Odd 3 X 3 (this buck had both eyeguards, but the forks were different with one side the fork on the left was on the main beam and on the right on back). He was a real big buck and looking straight on he looked symmetrical. Then there was Stickers, who was a very big 3 x 3 with eyeguards and a point coming off the back.
The following group of pictures from the 1-13-13 to 1-20-13. I had put out 100 lbs of feed and some carrots. I was a bit surprise from the amount of pictures that were taken. I had different 6 bucks coming in off and on. I have not seen the big buck the Odd 3 X 3 with eyeguards now for about 2 months… I do feel that he had been harvested by a bow hunter. And Stickers was taken during the special Willamette 615 Rifle Tag.
The following pictures of Even 3 X3 with rack, Odd 3 X 3 and Stickers got harvested during the season. What was interesting is that I put grain down for the first time in 3 months. It surprised me to have 1200+ pictures in 7 days in the winter on the property. The deer have been seen using another field that is across the road from this property on the back-side. To keep this short I left out a couple of the other bucks. The dropping of the rack was not on camera, but pictures were about a 12 hours difference from when he had his rack and then it was gone. The weather is not permitting the finding of the sheds at present.
One other thing is that in some of the night shots, the other bucks were sparring over the food or dominance. Maybe they will knock off a antler or two!
This next year I should still have access to this property and it will be interesting when the bucks gather on this property in the Spring of 2013 how many new comers and carry-over bucks are on the place. Even 3 X 3 should be a great Blacktail Buck in 2013.
It should be noted that out of the 12 bucks, not one 4 x 4 was present, though the years prior big 4 x 4’s were seen, but only at 450 yards at dusk against the tree lines. Frank Biggs
aka Bwana Bubba
Even 3 X 3 after dropping. The other bucks are still have their antlers as of 01-22-13.
This was taken 01-16-2013, the best pictures during the day. He was running with 4 other bucks, though he is the biggest buck left.
This is during the archery season in Oregon. Even 3 X 3!