Buster and Daisy were troopers, marching along the path. I was following the deer trail, trying to track the bloody trail, hoping to find a shed. We walked and walked! I had my GPS with me. Surprisingly, we were up hill and down dale.
I found the sheds in the lower left, then headed straight back to the house -upper left green track.
|The green trail was our path Sunday.|
On my trail, I found two spots were trees have fallen and made a big X! It's tricky following the deer trail, as they are about waist height to me, and I look down, watching the track, and forget to watch for branches. There was a spot, beside a sort of island in the wetland, where I could see water!
There were a lot of deer beds, where they've scraped away the snow and bedded down.
In the first photo, Buster walked right beside the trailcam, but didn't set it off. I was surprised.
How to score antlersBrow Tine: It is the first tine from the base. First is brow, then G1, G2, G3, etc.
The one in the 2nd and 3rd photos on the right is a 4pt. sheds. The other one looks to be a 3pt. To be classed as a 'point', a tine must be at least 2.5cm (1") long.
Back at the house. Buster had hunkered down for a nap. Daisy and I went outside to work on the Horse chestnut tree, wrapping it to prevent the woodpeckers from taking apart the bark. I found antler #4! There was a lot of blood. We went for another walk down below and found a tree with a hollow centre, woodpecker shavings around it, too. Daisy loves the smells.