After I reviewed the StealthCam P12, Stealth Cam was nice enough to send a G30 for me to test in anticipation of the upcoming whitetail season. The G30 is a bit nicer with a few more features. I parked both under a tree out at the family ranch for a few weeks to see what I could capture. I didn’t put any bait out or try to entice any animals in any way. I just parked two cameras, one atop the other, to see what would show up over the course of three weeks. As you can see above, one of our horses wanted to check things out . . .
Actually, a lot of the pictures I found on the cameras, some 400 or so in all were of my family’s herd of rescue horses. It turns out that this mudhole is a really popular spot for them to come roll around in as you can see above.
There’s also a family of raccoons that stopped by several times to munch on acorns. You’ll notice that the cameras appear to be pointed in different directions as time goes on. That’s because the horses felt it was necessary to use my cameras for scratching posts. I apologize in advance for some of the canted shots.
This was one of my favorites as the camera was focused more on the background than the foreground making for a striking silhouette. The light is just about perfect and sunrise is in full swing. Four days later, the P12 captured one of my favorite series. Over the course of two minutes, the P12 captured a great moment as a group of young bucks foraged and fought.
Something spooked them, and off they went. I did spot a very large spike buck in the group which means I’ll be using up one of my buck tags culling off a genetically inferior deer. I don’t really care that much, but my neighbors have hunters who pay to come hunt and they expect good looking deer. Spikes are inferior and therefore must be eliminated. I consider it a neighborly service. But the best surprise was seeing this fantastic looking whitetail buck.
Because the family ranch is low fenced and we, along with our neighbors, do very little supplemental feeding in the spring and summer, we grow a different looking whitetail buck than you see in the magazines. Typified by thinner antler beams (seen with the fighting bucks above), less developed bodies, and easiest to spot, under formed G1 tines. The buck above however is atypical for the area as he sports fairly thick beams and very well developed G1s. His body is also excellent and I expect that he’ll gain a bit more weight as the fall progresses. I hope I get to see him again in the light of day.
The camera also spotted several exotics including this young Axis buck who was following around a herd of Axis does. They showed up several times over the course of the three week period and this buck was with them each time. I never saw any truly large Axis, but this little guy was definitely hanging out in the neighborhood.
Speaking of exotics, we’ve had two Blackbuck antelope roaming around the ranch for the last year or so. They both appear to be about the same size, but they rarely stay still so I’ve had a difficult time scoring them. Luckily, the P12 snapped this photo of one of the bucks head down so I was finally able to count the number of curls in his horns. This picture is of the current record holder with the #3 world record buck measuring 80 & 4/8 inches. Bronze class minimum is 54″ I don’t think either of these bucks are bronze class, but I’ve heard from several people that one of them will have to go lest they kill each other. Hopefully I’ll get a good shot on them once it cools down a bit. Blackbuck meat is good eating and I want it to be cold to optimize meat quality.
And finally, a photo of one of those hogs that everyone keeps talking about. This one was trucking along and barely was out of frame before the G30 picked it up. There are no other photos of this pig on either of the cameras but my parents have told me multiple times about a white pig with spots so they weren’t pulling my leg. Given the on the ground reports, and seeing this pig on camera, I’ll be at the ready with my AR any time I’m at the ranch in case I spot one.
It was so great to come back after three weeks and see so much action on the cameras. I think I’ve found my new honey hole hunting spot as it seems to get nearly daily action and a great variety of wildlife.