Anticipation always runs high when checking trail cameras. A card full of big bucks means a happy day. A card full of nothing can wreck a fellow in a hurry.
Consider me wrecked.
About a week and a half ago, I put out four cameras overlooking mock scrapes. Yesterday, as I drove to check them, I had high hopes for what might be on the cards. I didn’t see what I wanted to. Instead of catching a glimpse of a deer I might like to hunt, I watched video after video of coyotes and bobcats.
I did see some deer, but very few, and all the movement was at night. So, based on my most recent camera checks, I’d guess bucks are relocating to their fall ranges. Deer aren’t moving during daylight hours. And my first day on a South Carolina deer hunt has still yet to take place.
If you’re in the same boat as I am, don’t worry. Keep scouting. Daylight activity might be slim over the next few weeks, but it’s going to get better.