But there are a few huge bucks hanging around some of these cameras.
So....keeping with my series of posts on antler growth at one of my study sites (see recent posts here, here and here), I present to you: The Brute and His Friends; Acts I & II.
One of these may be The Brute I posted pics of on June 12, 2011. Regardless, there are four of these sizeable fellows that ambled past the camera on June 20th (all at about the same time!).
The first one goes past pretty fast....this picture is blurry, but you get the gist.
Then, number two.....
Followed closely by number three....
Bringing up the rear is number four, who is alittle bit asymmetrical.
This camera had been in this location for almost exactly a year. My goal at these sites was to monitor locations for one year and then move the cameras to new spots on the same site for another year.
So it was moved at the beginning of July.
We moved all the cameras last week...and we got more pictures of this hulking bachelor herd at two of the new camera locations on-site.
They all have nice antlers...but there's one (The Brute) that continues to out-shine the others in this regard.
I'm not a hunter...but if I were, I'd probably be salivating at these pictures....
They passed by these two cameras at roughly the same time (within an hour of each other).
First, the group moved in front of our new upland deciduous hardwood camera location. The Bushnell can't handle tree canopy at dusk or dawn very well....so the pictures are in IR even though its not even 7 pm.
These aren't quite as good as the next batch of pics because number of the bucks hang in the background.
Next, some pictures of them from one of our new grassland/old field camera locations. This is a trail with brushy vegetation on either side...the trail runs in between two grassy openings and the brush pinches the critters to walk right in front of the camera that's placed along the trail.
Unfortunately, alittle something is obscuring part of the lens when this group went by...but you can still see them very clearly.
First is our asymmetrical buddy from the batch of pics at the top of this post. Antlers are bigger, but still imbalanced. I wonder if this is the same individual with the weird rack I photographed last fall. You can't see it in this picture, but his left antler is mostly a single branch....sort of like the individual I called The Onlooker in my post on February 25th, 2011.
That strange antler is a tad more curved than last year...but might be him again.
Followed closely by the main attraction: The Brute! Figured I'd give you two shots of that rack.
Bringing up the rear is number four.......
Hopefully, the Brute and his friends will keep on passing by this new camera set from time to time so we can see how they progress.