Each year towards the end of June and early July I start putting out all my trail cameras on all my properties. I recently just finished up getting the last of my cameras out on all my properties in each state. In total, I now have 216 cameras out that are taking inventory. Right now, the cameras are set up to do exactly that, get inventory on the properties. Antler growth is till in the early stages now but I like to get all the cameras out now and make sure they are all set up where I want them and that they are all functioning properly so that everthing is running good, and in the right location as the summer progresses.
Food (crop fields), trails leading to crop fields, and mock scrapes are great spots to put your summer cameras. Bean fields and alfalfa fields are my go to spots in the summer for the most part though. As the summer progresses and food changes, I have to move some camera locations which I will touch more on when I do that later in the summer. We will discuss hanging vines and ropes along with more mock scrapes then. Early October, I do a big switch with my cameras and set them up at that time on pre-rut locations which I will also discuss later. Right now, I'm just looking for inventory and want to cover as much ground on the properties to see what is showing up and also to start seeing some patterns for my early season hunts in September when the bucks are still in their summer patterns. Later this summer I will put out my cellular cameras to really start zeroing in on patterns for my early season hunts.
Summer velvet pictures is one of my favorite times of the year but it's also a very important time of year for scouting, especially for my early season hunts. Stay tuned on my social media and on the website as I will be posting pictures from all states throughout the summer and fall.