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December 24, 2008

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BuckTracker: Merry Christmas from My Deer Camp to Yours

My wife and kids are Christmas lights fanatics. If it glows, twinkles or pulsates, they become slightly feverish and highly giddy. Holiday decorations are also known to incite the reverent “oohs” and “aahs” normally reserved for fireworks.
Naturally, this condition has forced me to hang numerous electrically-driven phantasms on the eaves and porch railings surrounding my home. Next winter, I am going to shock them all and volunteer to take this decorations mania to new and loftier heights. I submit the following as Exhibit A, and hope to have something equally inspired and artistic displayed at the Bestul home next winter. Perhaps my Buck Tracker friends can supply me with further inspiration?

In any event, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and thank you for dropping in to my electronic deer camp from time to time. Anyone still hunting out there?


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Merry Christmas to you and yours as well, Scott. Some of us will head out for the late archery and blackpowder seasons here in SW PA. Temps should be in the mid-40's for a couple days after Christmas, a nice present in itself.

Greg Brush

Nice hanging-buck lights, Scott! Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours too! My successful Wisc. bowhunt is a distant (but wonderful!) memory, and my thirst grows a bit each day! So, to answer your question of "Is anyone still hunting out there?" A resounding "yes"-some of us are still "hunting" in Alaska, although not what most folks think of as a traditional pursuit. Last week, to her horror, my wife discovered a rogue shrew taking up residence in her Honda Pilot! Game on! Spotted him once running from under drivers seat (obvious feeding area) to the dash board/firewall (bedding area) and identified him as a solid record-book candidate! Felt I had him "patterned" well right from the get go, although a shadow of doubt and slight nerves was present as in any hunt for a trophy critter! I set four "stands" (i.e. mouse traps) loaded with chunky Skippy (baiting for shrews is legal here!) in travel routes (floor mats) next to the other three food "plots" (i.e. seats) and proceeded to put my time in-brought the car in the garage and turned up the heat. The next morning my patience was rewarded, as I got him clean the first sit!I While still considering whether to have a full body mount or just a shoulder, I bask in the short-lived satisfaction of another successful hunt and reap the rewards (another warm meal!) from a very appreciative wife! Yes, winters are long, cold and dark up here; we do what ever it takes to temporarily get our "fix!"


Merry Christmas, the bucks have already starting shedding their antlers up here in the central Upper Peninsula but I'm still looking for a few does to fill the freezer in late bow season. It's been a tough year up here. The wolves have moved in to the area and deer numbers are down significantly but I'm still plugging along. We have about 15 inches of snow on the ground now and more on the way so I don't know how much the deer are going to move or will be able to move. Anyway a day in the deer stand is better than any day out of one.


That aint right! I love it!!LMAO


Archery season is just wrapping up here in Minnesota and as in most years once slug season has taken its toll the deer have all but turned nocturnal. Still a joy to get home from a tough semester at college and get into the fields and riverbottoms that havn't changed a bit.(Besides the foot and a half of snow of course)

Walt Smith

Too funny, only thing to make it better would be 3-4 hanging.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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