Saturday, April 13 was the first chance I had to try to get to my camera since February 15 (read about it here). I hoped that the three streams I had to cross would be shallow enough that I could cross them in my knee-high boots, despite the fact that it was raining.
The rain is actually why I decided to make the trek that day. With there not being any leaves on the trees yet, I thought it would be good on rainy morning when the neighbors wouldn’t be in their backyards. The water level was surprisingly low in all the streams, but I still just made it through the last stream closest to my stand and the camera.
Enough background; let’s get to the videos. Here are the stats:
167 total videos
51 of Deer
33 of sounds (animals walking)
31 of Raccoons
14 of Squirrels
13 of Rabbits
11 of Turkeys
4 of Fishers, maybe?
3 of Red Fox
3 of Robins
2 of Coyote
1 of a Muskrat
1 of me
One of the first videos was of six deer walking nose-to-tail.
The most surprising animal by far was the muskrat. When I told my dad about all the beaver sign and roadkill beavers I see in this area, he had asked me whether I’d ever seen any muskrats. The answer was a definitive “no,” but here’s proof that they are around.
The funniest is this video of a doe spooking a gobbler.
The most R-rated video is this one of two raccoons mating.
The prettiest video is this red fox in the snow.
There are two entries to file under the “winter weakens, spring kills.” The first is one of several showing deer feeding in a storm.
The second is one showing them walking through some fairly deep snow for these parts.
Also surprising, given how flooded this area has been for so long, were robins feeding on worms in the mud.
The turkeys and deer seem to be living harmoniously, at least in this video.
I never considered this stand to be in a good spring turkey hunting spot, but these videos are making me reconsider.
Until next time.