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#28618 - 01/24/23 12:39 PM Re: Quest for Ole Bigfoot, 2022. [Re: redsnow]
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If you remember some of my trail cam pictures from 6 or 8 years ago, I had pictures of 8 or 10 or 12 deer in one pic. I've noticed the head count is steady going down.

I may have mentioned this above, but on the camera watching Wardney's salt lick, I haven't had a single deer on camera for 6 weeks or better.

A while back I posted a link to "when do whitetail fawns breed". As well as I remember, the break point was 80# for a female fawn, and 90# for a male fawn. Very few of our fawns hit that mark.

December 31, 2022, a friend of mine shot a deer, it was just one deer alone, right at dark. He thought it was an adult doe, at the shot. He sent me a picture, I told him to put it on the scales. It was a female fawn and weighed 49 pounds, field dressed. So she wasn't even close to the breeding weight.

A few years ago I commented about 10 fawns running together, I just found out what's going on with that deal. Or had it confirmed anyway.

I'll explain that later, I'm out of time.

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#28619 - 01/25/23 11:24 AM Re: Quest for Ole Bigfoot, 2022. [Re: redsnow]
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Why are the deer so small?

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#28620 - 01/25/23 01:11 PM Re: Quest for Ole Bigfoot, 2022. [Re: redsnow]
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My best guess. The doe that had that fawn, was killed on a crop damage permit. Back in the summer, maybe while the fawn was still nursing? Without it's milk, that would be enough to stunt it's growth.

I'm sure that our soil and growing season has an impact too.

I'll tell you about the 10 fawns running together, a few years ago. I bumped into them 3 or 4 or 5 times that season? All fawns, and not an adult deer in sight.

The property where I was hunting is all woodland, 2 properties down, it's crop land. Corn fields. That property changed hands a few years ago, the man that farms it now, from what I've been told has been killing a bunch of deer on damage permits.

I know the man that farms it, don't really know him that well, we'd recognize each other. But I talked to one of his best friends the other day, and asked if they'd killed any nice bucks this season. He said: No, but we killed a bunch of doe back in the summer.

The man that farmed that same property years ago, he didn't put as much pressure on the deer. Once the corn was harvested, all of those deer would head for the woods.

The DNR still hasn't posted the annual bear kill. Or I can't find it anyway. Talking to a friend the other day, he said they must be ashamed of the numbers. Usually, the harvest is posted within 2 or 3 days of the end of season. May need to call and ask?

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#28636 - 02/14/23 12:29 PM Re: Quest for Ole Bigfoot, 2022. [Re: redsnow]
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Here is a link to West Virginia's 2022 Bear harvest.

https://wvdnr.gov/wvdnr-releases-2022-black-bear-harvest-numbers/

Hopefully this link works.


Edited by redsnow (02/14/23 12:32 PM)

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#28637 - 02/15/23 01:57 PM Re: Quest for Ole Bigfoot, 2022. [Re: redsnow]
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Here is a link to WV's 2021 bear kill. This link and the one above are both statewide numbers.

https://wvdnr.gov/west-virginia-hunters-harvest-2756-black-bears-in-2021/

I'll give you a rundown on the numbers. WV's 2021 bear harvest was down 22% from the previous year. WV's 2022 bear harvest was down 37% from the previous year.

I knew out local bear kill would be down, talking to different friends, checking cameras and all, we just don't have the bear numbers like we did just a few years ago.

In my comments above, I've mentioned about everything that the DNR, mentioned in their reports.

I live in Hardy County, WV. Grant County is to the west, Pendleton County is south. I hunted in different areas, over near the East Virginia state line a few days, but I stayed in Hardy County. Our licenses are good statewide, but I just stayed here at local.

One final number that I'll run past you. During the 2019 bear season, there were 108 bear killed in Hardy County, WV. During the 2022 bear season, there were 16 bear killed in Hardy County! Sixteen!

So if you look at that #, since 2019, our local bear harvest is down more than 80%.

Also, the DNR reduced our bear season by 25 days. To shorten the season by 25 days from one year to the next is a very abrupt change!

Our bear population will rebound, and I really think we have more bear than the harvest shows. We had some cold weather in early November, and I'd guess that a lot of them did hole up.

We'll find out this coming season.

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#28732 - 06/29/23 11:41 AM Re: Quest for Ole Bigfoot, 2022. [Re: redsnow]
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We haven't talked about big game for a while, I'll share my thoughts and findings.

The other week I was up on the mountain, where I have 3 trail cameras. I've been up there several times, quite a few times really, but I just didn't take the time to check the cameras. For one reason, that's where I was going to hunt, and that's where I wanted to hunt. I've got access to so much property, and there's only one of me.

Anyway, insead of changing SD cards and batteries, I brought 2 of them home. Figured I'd give them a cleaning and take them back up soon. I wanted to check the autumn olives that I've sprayed and take the dog for a run.

I checked the SD card from the "lured rock" camera first. The camera hadn't been checked since back in December, 2022. I had a grand total of one deer picture. It never was a very good spot to get deer pictures, but that's bad. Zero bear. Did have a picture of a bobcat, couple coyote pics and coons. That's about it.

The batteries on that camera died in April, 2023.

On my #2 camera, Thunder Rock, the camera was last checked in early November, 2022. I did have pictures of 3 buck deer, back during buck deer season. I did see one of them in person. During that entire time, I did finally get a bear picture. I've got 3 pictures of the bear, dated June, 6, 2023. And it's got a spot of mange on it's left back leg.

If you remember my trail cam pics from, 3 or 4 or 5 years ago, I was getting bear pictures almost every day. The bear are not here, not like they were.

Surprized me that the batteries were still going, but I do have a recent picture of 2 buck deer. The biggest one, it's antlers are about a foot wide. Big bodied deer, maybe I'll get to see him in person, in November. And I did get a picture of a doe with 2 fawns.

And a nice bobcat.

The cameras are ready to put back in place. The first dry spell that we get, I'll take them up, I need to finish spraying rose bushes. And give everyone a report on the autumn olives. It's been almost 3 months now.



Edited by redsnow (06/29/23 12:24 PM)

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#28772 - 08/16/23 11:32 AM Re: Quest for Ole Bigfoot, 2022. [Re: redsnow]
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Above I mentioned cleaning my trail cameras. I just wipe the "woods gunk" off, and use a wet Q-tip to clean the lens. Only takes a minute but it does make a difference in the quality of the pictures.

I put the 2 cameras back in place the other week. I changed trees at my "lured Rock" location, it's a bigger tree, the trail cam isn't quite as high above the ground. Wind from the north-west really hits that point. I was getting so many "empty" pictures. Hopefully this will help a little bit. Re-lured my rocks.

I may have said this before?, a while back I bought myself another maddock/grubbin hoe. I bought it used for like $10. I'm going to take it up the spring, and wire it off to a tree limb.

I've got some used snares laying around, thinking if it's just hanging in the air, should help keep the squirrels from chewing on the handle. The hoe has one of those yellow plastic/fiberglass handles. If I'd spend 10 minutes cleaning out the spring, everytime I go up, we'll have a nice water hole.

We've had rain but we are really really dry. That spring is the only water hole on that property.

I'm sure the batteries are dead on the spring camera. I spent so much time using a chainsaw, clearing the road the other day, I didn't have time to hike to the spring.

Between the ice storms last winter, the wind storms since, you'd think that mountain would be pretty much cleared. I'll tell you that it's a messed up tangle of timber and brush.

I'll try to get back up there in a week or 2, get the spring cleaned out and the camera back in order.

Friend of mine sent me a picture of a sow and 3 cubs the other day, his camera is only 1/2 mile from my lured rock cam. I'll have them on my camera before long, maybe I do already?

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#28773 - 08/16/23 12:43 PM Re: Quest for Ole Bigfoot, 2022. [Re: redsnow]
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We had a bad ice storm here 20 years ago. It was another ten years until you could walk through the woods again.
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#28774 - 08/17/23 11:36 AM Re: Quest for Ole Bigfoot, 2022. [Re: redsnow]
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It's a mess, that's one reason that I haven't climbed up to the spring. I know that it's going to be a chore.

Once I get to the spring, it'll be easier to pick a line coming back off.

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#28775 - 08/17/23 12:37 PM Re: Quest for Ole Bigfoot, 2022. [Re: redsnow]
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Better take a saw and cut your way to and fro.
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