It is August again and the season is fast approaching. Soybeans are not as green and lush as they were in mid June, evident by the silver color the leaves present as the wind gently blows across open fields. You can visibly see the natural forages are beginning to be less optimal as they were in the spring. The deer start to sense fall is coming and they want to pack on the pounds in a nervous feeding frenzy.
Along with this time of year comes a level of frustration for me personally. For the past several years, I've struggled to make sense of the summer months on our property and the lack of buck photos. What are we doing wrong that keeps me from capturing photos of bucks in velvet? I personally feel I've been cheated seeing bucks in velvet during the summer months. What is always interesting is how they suddenly appear after the velvet falls off, normally right at the beginning of October. That has always been the saving grace for me. They do show up, but I don't get much time to study racks and other features before the start of the season. So let's dig into my theories of what has caused this unusually phenomenon, or at least what is unusually to me as a single property owner. And I will reveal if this cycle has repeated once again this year.
Andy Hayes is a devoted husband and father of 4 kids living in West Central Indiana. Outside of his family, his passion is hunting whitetails. He does not claim to be a professional hunter, but simply wants to share what he learns during his quest to improve whitetail habitat and hunt mature bucks.