Finally got the wheels turning on darting our adult bucks for GPS radiocollar deployment this fall.  We’ve been dodging raindrops, messed up collars, and other uncontrollable factors trying to start putting out my 15 collars for PhD research.

Thursday night, we got on the board with this 124″ 8 pointer.  Aged him at 3.5+ years old and approximately 190 pounds live weight.

Trenches

Friday morning, we headed out to the stand at 2:30 a.m. trying to dart another deer.  I connected at 5:00 a.m. on this 8 point mainframe buck.  Adding in 3 extra nontypical kickers, we scored him at 128 gross.  2 down, 13 to go.

Stalker

In the daylight, we captured some good shots of him making his way off to rest a while.

Stalker (12)

We also aged him at 3.5 with a smaller body than the buck the previous night.

And somebody was telling me that I am getting paid to do this kind of work.


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