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So funny I get told we don't have cougars in this area HaHa here kitty kitty :-)

Figured I would start the 2017 season off.  I pulled 3 cards this weekend to confirm my problem cameras were working with the new SD cards, they are!  Here is one of the better deer from a new propert

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Awesome vid Stick. Which reminds me of a question I've always wanted to ask.

Why the heck do commercial buck grunt calls sound so deep and low in tone while real bucks sound like the "ribbit" of a frog?

I've heard bucks grunting before in the field and I've heard them on video. Small bucks, average bucks and some bigger bucks (in the field were mainly just small bucks and some average). Not that I hear them all the time, but I've heard real grunts several times in my last few seasons. I even try to Youtube some vids of grunting bucks quite a bit to see how they sound. The ones I've heard all sound higher pitched than the calls I tote around the woods?

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I think that the older the buck, the deeper the grunt. That has been my experience this year so far. About an hour apart last week, I had 2 different bucks come by within 15 yds of me grunting with almost every step at the doe that they were tailing. The first one was a young fork and he had a higher pitch grunt. The second one that came through looked like a 3 year old 8 and his grunt seemed to be a significantly lower pitch. I wish I would've gotten video of it, but I couldn't get my phone out in time.

A lot of grunt calls are made to sound like an older more dominant buck. The one I have gets a higher pitch sound when you squeeze it. When I'm trying to grunt a smaller buck over, I squeeze it to make it higher pitch. I don't want him to think that a more dominant buck is in the area and spook him.

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I agree - they must targeting IA hunters. I think a lot of the calls come set on mature buck setting. My Slam Talker did. It's a little deeper than I prefer so I usually tone it down a bit. The deeper pitch does carry through the woods better though.

Checked my main scrape cam with high hopes today after a two week soak. Pretty disappointing card pull with just a handful of yearlings. Last year I had 10+ bucks here with several age classes. Not a good sign for upcoming seasons. frown

This dude worked the cedar branch for over 10 minutes. Switch to 1080p for best quality.

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SNS,

Does the recent development East of your one hunting area bode well for that woods or does it hurt that spot? I noticed 3 or 4 houses going up in that country development recently. That little island woods used to be a honey hole and now there are houses all the way around it.

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Getting worse every year! I've mainly hunted public this year.

I keep telling myself to try hunting some of the public in your county, but have failed to do so for several seasons now. One year I even scouted a WMA pretty hard and found tons of sign and kicked up plenty of deer, but never came back during the season. Oh well, at least there's good ice fishing out there smile

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Thanks - I really like them.

The two bucks are from a 2013 Trophy Cam HD Max 119576c and the doe & fawn are from a 2013 NatureView 119439. I've got a few 2012 TC HD MAX 119476c's that I like a lot too.

Let me know if you need anything more specific re the camera specs!

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Well I know that one nice buck evaded the orange army and is still walking around my woods. Haven't seen this particular buck since right before rut started but I got him on my camera twice this week. Too bad it is always in the middle of the night. Maybe with the Smokepole hunters hitting the woods this weekend, he might more during daylight. Hoping to find out tomorrow. full-17731-39635-wgi_0011.jpg

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