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Re: Trail cameras and mule deer
« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2022, 06:08:27 PM »
Have any of you tried alfalfa?

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I use alfalfa all the time, problem is if there are a lot of elk they will demolish it quickly, but if itís just deer it lasts awhile. I prefer to use the small compressed bales( 65-75lbs) cost $14 per. Donít spread it around, cut the ties, pull them out and leave it.

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Re: Trail cameras and mule deer
« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2022, 07:44:36 PM »
Unfortunately thatís mule deer. I see the same thing with very random pics of bucks.

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Re: Trail cameras and mule deer
« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2022, 07:11:42 AM »
mineral blocks. They are heavy enough to keep the bear from carrying off. We have the bear problem. any feed blocks or grain are sucked up by the bear.

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Re: Trail cameras and mule deer
« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2022, 08:18:26 AM »
When I run cameras in mule deer areas, trace mineral salt worked well up until around July and then they lost interest. I switched over to wet cob and a handful of apples at that time and that seemed to work for a few more months
Thanks, I might give this a try.  My only concern is the bears.  I know they would hit the cob and apples more frequently, thus pushing the deer out.

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I haven't had an issue with the bears pushing out the deer. Plenty of times I had pictures of a bear and within a few minutes, pictures of deer. I think there are so many bears around now that anywhere a deer goes, they are likely to catch a whiff of where a bear recently has been.  :twocents:
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Re: Trail cameras and mule deer
« Reply #19 on: August 03, 2022, 10:18:43 AM »
Yes I would say those are definitely shooters.  You can PM me the location when you have a second

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Ha, I posted night pics for a reason! No background features to be identified. I have another camera about 2 miles away from this one at the same elevations that's just getting dinks and does. But this one has at least a dozen legal bucks and it's gotten a moose, coyote, and bear on it. Packing the deer cane up there was a ***** but so worth it.

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Re: Trail cameras and mule deer
« Reply #20 on: August 03, 2022, 11:34:30 AM »
Have any of you tried alfalfa?

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I use alfalfa all the time, problem is if there are a lot of elk they will demolish it quickly, but if itís just deer it lasts awhile. I prefer to use the small compressed bales( 65-75lbs) cost $14 per. Donít spread it around, cut the ties, pull them out and leave it.
The elk are hit and miss at this spot.  Usually in the spring and then show backup in late October.  I don't think I will be carrying a 65 lb. bale into this spot so will have to break it up.

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Re: Trail cameras and mule deer
« Reply #21 on: August 03, 2022, 11:35:41 AM »
mineral blocks. They are heavy enough to keep the bear from carrying off. We have the bear problem. any feed blocks or grain are sucked up by the bear.
Yep.  Have a trophy rock at my spots.  The deer like them but not enough for a consistent appearance.

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Re: Trail cameras and mule deer
« Reply #22 on: August 03, 2022, 11:36:02 AM »
Unfortunately thatís mule deer. I see the same thing with very random pics of bucks.
It's very frustrating.

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Re: Trail cameras and mule deer
« Reply #23 on: August 03, 2022, 11:37:50 AM »
When I run cameras in mule deer areas, trace mineral salt worked well up until around July and then they lost interest. I switched over to wet cob and a handful of apples at that time and that seemed to work for a few more months
Thanks, I might give this a try.  My only concern is the bears.  I know they would hit the cob and apples more frequently, thus pushing the deer out.

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I haven't had an issue with the bears pushing out the deer. Plenty of times I had pictures of a bear and within a few minutes, pictures of deer. I think there are so many bears around now that anywhere a deer goes, they are likely to catch a whiff of where a bear recently has been.  :twocents:
Yeah that makes sense.  I have plenty of pics also like you said.  Never thought about it cause most of them were out of season when I wasn't strictly trying to target deer.

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Re: Trail cameras and mule deer
« Reply #24 on: August 03, 2022, 11:39:18 AM »
Yes I would say those are definitely shooters.  You can PM me the location when you have a second

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Ha, I posted night pics for a reason! No background features to be identified. I have another camera about 2 miles away from this one at the same elevations that's just getting dinks and does. But this one has at least a dozen legal bucks and it's gotten a moose, coyote, and bear on it. Packing the deer cane up there was a ***** but so worth it.
That is the worst thing about trail cams.  Packing heavy loads in.

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