As my anticipation escalated so to did my anxiety when I checked my camera only to find that a bear had used it as a play toy. To my amazement the only damage was to the protective cover over the LED lights. With a simple application of clear packing tape my little camera was back in business.
Fast forward to August of that same year. I had moved this camera to a small watering pond that deer frequent in the warm summer months. While this little workhorse was getting me some fantastic pictures I also discovered that bears also like to cool off in these ponds.
The following spring, I was heading the Canada on a Spring Bear Hunt. I always like to carry a camera or two on these trips to bring pictures home and share on social media and there was no doubt in my mind as to which camera I was taking.
The very first night I placed my “little friend” over a bait site and could not wait to come back and see what it had captured. Upon arriving at the site the next day my camera was GONE! I was a little heartbroken that it was gone but I didn’t dare venture into the bush to look for it.
As I was preparing to climb into my stand I noticed something at the base of the tree . . . it was my camera . . .No doubt dragged by a bear and left for dead.
Unfortunately, it didn’t make out as well after this encounter. The LCD screen on the inside could no longer be used to program dates and times on the camera . . . BUT, it was still snapping photos.
While I should have retired the camera at that point I just could not bring myself to throw it in the trash and continued to put it in the field even though it no longer could tell me dates and times. Even with that shortcoming I still enjoyed checking that camera just to see how long it would keep ticking.
Well, that all changed this past summer. I pulled a card from the camera and there were no pictures. Thinking that batteries where dead I replaced them all and it would not fire up. My little workhorse Covert Scouting Camera had finally given up the ghost.
Like many of you, I have had numerous scouting cameras over the years and disposed of them unceremoniously when they stopped serving their purpose but somehow I could not force myself to toss this one to the wayside.
Instead of the trash my little friend now sits proudly on the desk in my office . . . reminding me of all of the good times we have had together. It was a powerful little camera that stood the test of time and proved over and over again that we made the right choice in partnering with DLC Scouting Cameras.
Pro Staffer John Lenox
1) Stir together the eggs and cream, set aside. Combine the bread crumbs, parmesan, and minced parsley in a large bowl, set aside.
2) If using venison roast, slice into 3/8” thick slices. Pound sliced venison with a meat mallet to about ¼” thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then dredge in flour (shaking off the excess), dip the venison into the egg, then press into the bread crumb/parmesan mixture.
Mix all ingredients together and pour over the venison roast in a gallon zip lock bag. Allow it to marinade for 8-12 hours. Mine marinated for 24+ hours due to lack of time to smoke it.
Each September Rush Outdoor Prostaffers Keith and Brad look forward to heading South to Kentucky for early archery season to chase some of the big ole whitetails that the Blue Grass State has to offer.
2017 would not be an exception. Like any other passion the work needed to be successful started many months ago with the ritual of putting in food plots, shed antler hunting and placing their Covert Scouting Cameras.
Covert's are a great way to inventory the bucks that survived the previous season while also monitoring early antler growth.
The Month of June found Brad and Keith back in Kentucky checking cameras to make sure that growing vegetation had not blocked them from getting the best possible photos.
A great deal of excitement comes in August as trail camera pictures are giving the boys a true feel for what bucks will be awaiting them at the September Opener. August is also when the hard work begins in the form of food plots.
Over the past 4 years Keith and Brad have used Whitetail Institute Products and the results have been nothing less than spectacular. Putting in the effort to hold deer on the property and offering them palatable forage that provides nutrition through the hardest of winters pays off in the long run.
At the end of August, the prep works is ramped up. Both Keith and Brad work to dial in their PSE Bows with Muzzy broadheads. This is an all to important step to make sure that the Muzzy Broadhead, PSE X Weave Arrows and Nocturnal Lighted Knocks are working harmoniously to deliver a fatal punch when the opportunity presents itself.
Scent-lok clothing is a vital part of their arsenal and the boys make sure all of their clothing has been activated and kept odor free leading up the opener!
Although you can’t control the weather, the weather is the one thing that is going to affect your hunt more than any other thing. It could be in your favor or not, you just have to make a game plan and hope it all comes together. This is what their 2017 Kentucky early archery season consisted of. They had a very bad wind direction for the 3 day trip. But saw a ton of deer which were always downwind thanks to Scent-lok and Realtree the deer never knew they were there.
They also had a great number of young bucks that were fun to watch sparing and playing. A few of the bucks were out of velvet already and starting to rub. But the mature bucks just weren’t moving much in the daylight hours as the temperatures were just too warm. Keith and Brad will be back in a few weeks with the CVA muzzleloader's and give it another shot!!