There is nothing like acquiring access to a new hunting tract. I just this week added another interesting private property to the roster.
My assessment of the property on the first ride through was that it held some real promise. After putting some boots on the ground and running a trail camera for a week it is obvious that it is going to be even better than I first thought. The deer population is outstanding and we have already seen two bucks on camera that would make the Florida Buck Registry. We broadcasted some whole corn out with a trail camera to keep watch on it and after a week it had 5-6 velvet horned bucks, countless does and a few nice Hogs visiting on a regular basis.
I put out some corn and another camera at another location and after two nights had a big spike and 5-6 does on that one. There are more bucks in this place than you can shake a stick at!
There are two aspects that make this piece of property such a game magnet. The first is that the tract is bounded on two sides by substantial crop fields. The other is the large swamp strand that bisects the property. A large portion of the swap has been cut over and grown back into one giant bedding thicket. The trails coming and going out of the cut over are pretty impressive. Most of the perimeter of the swamp is bordered by a wide band of oak hammock with large mature oaks with a broke to semi open under story. An awesome place to call up a gobbler!
Speaking of turkeys, we found a trail camera that someone had forgotten and reviewed the photo’s on it, along with the numerous bucks and hogs was a pic of (5) mature long beards.
I was scouting another section along the swamp edge that fronts the farm and flushed (3) different birds off the roost at dark this afternoon.
With a good portion of the swamp being cutover and to thick for a turkey to use, it limits the number of turkeys that can be supported but there are also some large pastures and sod fields adjoining that will help off set that a little.
I’ll be getting some more camera traps set up over the next couple of weeks to see what other trophies await to be hunted.
Here are some of the first trail cam pic’s along with some from the forgotten camera we discovered.