As November nears, so does the peak of the rut for whitetail deer. There will be plenty of signs — bucks with polished antlers and swollen necks tops everybody’s list.
During the rut, bucks have their mind on only one thing: finding a doe. That results in somewhat careless behavior and big bucks are often captured on trail cameras.
Bill Wierbowski’s trail camera in Harding captured quite a few nice bucks over the years. The first one was photographed in 2011, and is an eight-point with extremely long tines. Wierbowski said the buck was traveling with another just as big.
The other photo with two bucks was taken in the same spot four days later, Wierbowski said. A smaller six-point on the left with a very wide eight-point. It’s not uncommon to see young and old bucks traveling together during the late fall and winter.
Finally, Rick Pavloski of Hanover Township used a trail camera with a strobe flash to capture this impressive night shot of a huge 11-point buck on game lands in Luzerne County last year. Pavloski said the photo is proof that there are big bucks on public land, but one has to be willing to walk into the remote areas to find them. Pavloski had the trail camera up for several months and only captured one image of the large buck.
Capture anything interesting on your handheld or trail camera? A nice buck, bear, coyote or anything unique? We’d love to see it. Each week, we’ll run photos from a reader’s trail camera on the Sunday Outdoors page. Email your photo, along with date and area it was taken (township is fine), and any other details to firstname.lastname@example.org.