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#25914 - 04/02/18 10:48 AM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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Registered: 01/27/18
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Loc: MO




Two of my favorite buck pictures. The last one was killed by my 86 year old neighbor. I didn't mind, I'm glad he was able to hunt them at that age. He's a great guy.

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#25915 - 04/02/18 11:30 AM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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Registered: 03/31/10
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Awesome Cat pictures!!!!!

Ron

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#25916 - 04/03/18 06:31 AM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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Here's another picture from my "lured rock" camera. I had quite a few bear pictures. Talking about the bear's fur, I have pictures of a different bear walking away from the camera, honestly, it would almost pass for a black hog. It's really scruffy looking.

I live in Hardy County, WV. I have 4 trail cameras out, they are pretty much in a line, I've got them spaced out about 2 miles apart. My last camera is up the road 9 miles. All private land.



I did get a daytime picture of a red fox, it's scruffy looking too. Also had a picture of a bobcat and a coyote, coons and a skunk or 2. Between the crows, ravens and buzzards, and the other critters, there isn't a trace of that junk from Moe's freezer. Four trash bags full of meat, it's all gone in a week.

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#25917 - 04/03/18 01:22 PM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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Surprised to see bears so early. When do they hibernate in your area? When do they come out?

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#25918 - 04/03/18 01:38 PM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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Tim is on the same latitude as me, but at a significantly higher elevation, so his weather is a little cooler. I'm certainly no expert on bears but I don't think West Virginia bears hibernate at all. I don't know where the line of demarcation is. There is a similar situation with beaver. Below a certain latitude, and climate zone, Beaver don't make a feed pile for winter.

And those are good cat pictures!
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#25919 - 04/03/18 06:40 PM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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I agree, those are pretty bobcat pictures!

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#25920 - 04/05/18 06:38 AM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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Dad and his friends always said that bear would "hole up" quicker on years with a poor mast crop.

I'll make a little side note: Dad could never imagine the bear population in this area today!

We had a very good acorn, grape and berry crop this past fall. Honestly I didn't spend much time out since the first of the year, but every time that I was out, and when we did have a tracking snow, I tracked bear. I mentioned most of it above, in this same thread.

Back at one time the DNR had 5 or 6 or 7 female bear with radio collars in this area. As a rule they would go to their "den" sometime in December, and they'd stay put, until February or so.

The old "Pam" bear denned in the same big tree, year after year. Pam was 12 or 14 when she died, and raised a bunch of cubs!

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#25921 - 04/05/18 09:31 AM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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Registered: 07/22/03
Posts: 2012
Loc: Qc.
Here they disappear around the end of October and sometimes reappear in April or even May. We just got close to a foot of snow yesterday so I figure early April isn't going to happen this year. There is more than 3 feet of snow still on the ground.

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#25922 - 04/06/18 06:40 AM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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I'll tell you this from years ago. It was December, we had 8 or 10 inches of snow on the ground and I was trapping. I tracked a bear where he'd crossed the road, according to it's foot, it was a big bear.

Long story short, I tracked it into a laurel thicket. I'm not sure, I'll guess that thicket is only 10 acres or so?

Even longer story short, about a dozen of us and 3 or 4 dogs were up there Saturday. We kicked it out and Johnny killed it in the powerline, the bear weighed 385#.

I was still trapping, in the same area. Dad and I checked out that thicket a day or so later. That bear would bed down in one spot, get up and move 25 maybe 50 yards and bed down again. I don't remember how many different beds we did find? Dad and I were spaced out maybe 20 yards apart, the bear was just all over the place, it was hard to keep track of which track was on top. But that bear stayed in that thicket for a week or better.

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#25923 - 04/07/18 12:00 PM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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Note to self, checked Wardney's salt lick camera, 4/7/18. 392 pictures in 4 weeks.





Seems like there is lots of fighting going on, there is deer hair laying all over the place.

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