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Bill heads out on his farm to do some velvet scouting. He sets up overlooking a standing bean field in hopes to film a mature buck. Bill encounters many bucks and discusses how he believes his farm is rebounding from the EHD outbreak from years past.
Bill goes up the valley to the south in his continuing search for the Lone Oak Buck. Things didn't work out as planned and he ends up sneaking to a different spot - climbing into a blind with three deer less than 25 yards away.
After starting out with the goal of trying to film a big framed buck Bill had seen three days earlier, but wasn't able to film (possibly the Lone Oak Buck), he has to change plans when the wind switches.
Bill heads to a new spot but finds himself filming some of the same bucks he filmed a half mile away 8 days earlier. It is commonly known that bucks move, but it is strange to see them move this far during the summer.
Heading back to the same Redneck Blind where they filmed the big ten pointer five days earlier, Bill has high hopes that other bucks will also show up. Some good bucks came out early, but overall, it was a pretty slow evening.
Set up right on the edge of what I believe to be the historical fringe of the Lone Oak Buck's core, I am excited when a big eight pointer steps out just before sunset. After studying him for a few minutes, I decide it is not big enough to be the buck I am after, but he is a very solid deer. Pro...
The action on the open fields is starting to slow down in some parts of the farm. Every year at this time, the deer start to migrate toward the oak groves to suck up the acorns as soon as they hit the ground. Acorns are starting to fall now!
Bill heads back to the same place where they filmed a big 10 pointer on August 6, hoping to find some additional mature bucks. He is surprised when the same giant ten pointer steps out nearly an hour and a half before last light. Along the way, Bill discusses the acorn crop and stops to look at...
For his last summer scouting trip, Bill heads to another of his favorite spots on the farm, a ridge he calls "Old Reliable". Along the way, he talks about the difference between a buck's summer and fall range, and how he finds their fall ranges.
In his first pre-season blog, Bill takes a walk to check on this year's acorn crop. He discusses how to identify different types of oaks, which ones are most preferred by deer, and when you should focus on hunting over them.
While completing the last of his summer projects, Bill explains the importance of bullet proof entry and exit routes. He goes into detail about matching human activity when setting up creative entry and exit routes to tough stands.
We join Bill on his first hunt of the 2018 season. Deer movement was good with cool temps leading to a doe kill with a unique twist. Bill also encountered a mature 8 pointer that he thought was the "Lone Oak Buck" originally. After further examination, he concluded that it wasn't him, but because...
While in pursuit of "Big 7", Bill uncovers evidence that could potentially change the course of his season. "Duke", Bill's trusty companion (though he may have his flaws) has restored hope that the "Lone Oak Buck" may still be alive.