Here's all the proof you need that scouting with trail cams really pays off.
I keep several trail cams up on the properties that I hunt year around. I love being able to watch the antler growth from start to finish and use the cameras to completely understand the deer movement all over my area. You don't really need to do a full year's worth of scouting but several months before the opener is probably a solid idea to make sure your trail cams are out.
These photos show the steps these hunters took from taking their deer from their trail cams to their truck beds as the season opened in their neck of the woods.
Click through this slideshow to see photos of bucks on trail cams followed by photos of hunters with those bucks on the ground.
Here's a good looking buck
Michael Clontz took this one down
Wow, good pose!
Aaron Shaughnessy has one to be jealous of!
What a buck!
Check out that brow tine
A better look at that brow tine
I hope you got a head mount!
This is the deer you want to see on a trail cam
Michael Watkin's first one with a bow
"Harvested this guy on 11/11/14 at 9 A.M. My first bow kill!"
Yep, seeing this gets me excited
Drew Mashaw was in the right place at the right time
This is a good buck!
This is what outside the ears looks like
Phil Wentworth with a good one
Punched his tag on this great deer.
Yep. He's a shooter
Dale Johnston did the honors.
Way to go! Congrats on a great buck!
How rare is it to get a piebald on a trail cam?
Tim Weldon was the lucky guy here.
"Took this rare piebald buck in Sabine Parish. Let him walk last season as 6-pt and was blessed with another encounter this year."
I don't think I would let this guy pass
Edward Samson couldn't let him pass either
"10-point, little help from the Buck Bomb to bring him in close! 195#, New Hampshire"
Big one in the dark
Mike Malchow got the job done!
This is the buck I tagged
Look at those blades and stickers
One of the best deer I've taken.