Something Jean wrote in a recent comment comparing this Texas-style hunting to “deer gardening” rang true… and even more true as I’ve been reviewing game camera photos. It’s almost like I’m deciding which deer I want to pick for dinner….
Of course, the truth is that nothing is a guarantee. These are wild animals, and while they certainly do establish schedules, bringing the deer and the hunter together simultaneously is no mean feat. Notice that all of these buck sightings are in the dark… they don’t grow antlers around here by being stupid. Honestly, with meat in the freezer, I’m not in a hurry to kill again. But I will, and when I do, it probably won’t have anything to do with antler size or age.
Nevertheless, I can’t help wondering… who’s next?
Funkhorn is a mature buck, and this is the second season in a row that he’s had that funky rack… I think it would make a cool looking euro mount in my office.
Spindles may have a little growing to do, but with the limited amount of nutrition available here, I doubt he’s going to develop a lot of mass to go with the spread.
This six point is a pretty buck. He also looks young and tasty. Hmmm…
This ladder-rack six-point is a youngster, but look at those backstraps. Mmmm…
You can’t eat antlers. This doe looks like she’s got a few years on her. Probably not the tastiest deer in the herd, but I expect she’d be toothsome enough.
This guy doesn’t look real old, but I don’t have many pictures of him (which is why I call him, “the Ghost”). Pretty nice rack, though… would look good in my office next to Funkhorn.