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Greene County Camera Day | Flippin Bucks Vlog #5

 Trail Camera Survey Setup at the Greene County Farm

 

Over the past 20 years, my hunting heritage has involved my cousin’s farm in Greene County. To me, it’s a special place because it was the last place I hunted with my grandpap, the man that taught me how to hunt.  For this special trip setting up a trail camera survey, I figured I would try my hand at making more memories. This time by joining the ranks of my pap as an educator, taking the time to pass the passion on to the next generation. I hope to make a great impression on the boys helping me today by letting them set up the cameras. This is something that they will hopefully remember and appreciate down the road!

 

I’ve had lots of success by “Pennsylvania’s standards” on this farm over the years. I have taken three bucks with over 20-inch spreads on this particular property. However, it is not just the bucks that make this property so special. This farm also happens to be one of those places your mind can get lost in when hunting. Somewhere that you can look up in the trees and start reminiscing about old times. I think we can all relate to one of those spots in our hunting history and memories. My pap’s tree stand on the north side of the farm, in particular, is one of these spots for me. No matter what time of year, deer movement, or weather, I always daydream about past hunts and memories with him while sitting in that tree.

To be able to pass on this great sport, passion, and some of my experience creates a different outlook on this sport. While properties, seasons, and loved ones come and go, memories and impressions last forever. While this trip is simply setting up a trail camera survey for me, I am hoping that the memory sticks for the boys and the obsession of hunting is instilled in them.

Concerning Trail Camera Card Pull | Flippin Bucks Vlog #4

Trail Camera Card Pull Reveals Concerning News 

Tournament season is finally starting to wind down with only four tournaments to go in the year so my focus is slowing turning back out into the hunting world! Jeremiah and I took the day to make a trip down to our Ohio farms to check cameras after having them out most of the summer so far! Going down to check these trail cameras gets me pumped every time just to see if “Big Ed” has shown back up yet on the farm, and any other potential shooters that we can make an inventory of!

Mountain Top Outdoors Flippin Bucks

We are having a rough start to the day with two flat tires on the four wheeler. It continues to get worse as we swapped SD cards out of the cameras and it was only bad news.  Around ten thousand pictures and no “Big Ed” or any other shooters….pure disappointment! After being so excited to get there and see where he was staying and nothing but a great number of healthy does, fawns, and a few small bucks.

So it looks like the farm is turning into a huge doe pocket, but on the bright side maybe once the season gets a little closer all of our mature bucks will roll back in! Can’t wait to see what the cameras will have in store for us once the deer go hard horned and their fall ranges are established.

Mountain Top Outdoors Flippin Bucks

Target Set on a 200” Ohio Buck | Flippin Bucks Vlog #2

Garrett Sets his Target on a 200”Ohio Buck

It’s not often in this state that a hunter gets the chance to chase a 200” Ohio buck! Therefore you should not wonder why I am completely obsessed with the buck I call “BIG ED” in the image above! This buck has all but haunted me for the last two years. Watching him grow from a two-year-old to the picture above last year (coming close to 190”), and now an estimated 200”+ four-year-old for this year’s season drives me nuts! Why? I have still NOT laid eyes on him while hunting! He narrowly avoids most camera sets and is nocturnal! However, the 2017 Ohio archery season might put luck on our side! I’m taking a completely different approach on him.

He has traveled on the same path of another 200”+ deer we called “Ghost” several years ago that we never killed. This eerie history with complete giants finally gave me an idea of where he might be staying or moving during daylight…if he’s still alive! After “BIG ED” disappeared in the middle of October last year, I’m still left hoping he’s alive!  Since I am still clueless on his whereabouts I put up 6 cameras surrounding the travel route he normally runs in the early season. My fingers are crossed that he appears on one of the cameras here soon to brighten our hope for the season this year!

 

A Bittersweet Summer | Summer Deer Inventory Update

Summer Deer Inventory Update | Flippin Bucks

Every July, for the past 4 years I have gotten photos of an old buck that I nicknamed “Stickers”. He was a special buck for this area and it was a privilege to have the opportunity to hunt him. He was a buck that I had never laid eyes on in the timber, but in 2016 at the age of 6 ½, that norm changed.  Last year he was all over my trail cameras and he made it exciting to hunt in my home state. The history and excitement that year brought on by “Stickers” was something I was either hoping to end on a high note, or would at least be looking forward to for next year. Unfortunately, “Stickers” was taken last year on the first day of rifle season by a neighbor in the hunting club next door.

Stickers the 6 ½ year old buck pictured above.

This summer, and the 2017 deer season will feel very different without this old face on the property. While I’m looking for a couple of potential hit-list bucks, I can’t help the emotions and low expectations that seem to be accompanying this year’s preparation and inventory. The plan this year is an aggressive one. Over the years, I’ve obtained exclusive permission to a couple of private tracts. I’ve been letting the deer grow and between these 3 parcels, I’m hoping for a “good one” to pop up on camera.

My cousin’s family owned farm, the property that I’ve been hunting since I could walk, sits on a neighboring property. If I were a betting man, I would put my money on this farm having a great buck this fall. This is mainly due to some mechanical rearrangements in the environment that could create great potential for attracting and holding giants.

Trailcam FlippinBucks

new bucks, new property, new hopes…

The Flippin Bucks property (featured in the most recent video) is a brand new lease situated in a small pocket of big buck country in Southwestern PA. I have high hopes for it this year, and for years to come. While I am excited about this property, the initial building stages of land management, deer inventory, and season preparation is always tough. On new property you can never know what to expect, what might cruise through during the rut, or what deer might arrive midway through the season. Unfortunately, I will be hunting in another state during the prime time this year. However, I am hopeful that a couple of buddies on that lease can score big with little effort late in November!