Not looking huge yet but here is one with some thick start to the antlers. I also found the left side of an 8 point we allowed to grow to ??? for the 2013 season. The 3rd picture shows the buck these antlers belonged to.
They could possibly be the same as the buck in velvet pic was taken about 40 yards from where I found the shed. However, there are two other 8-point bucks in this same area. I moved my trail cam back to where the buck pic was 1st taken. We will see soon if I can get an updated pic of this buck or of the other bucks or both.
Here are a couple of pics of the same three 8-points that are in the area. Also a couple of fawns and a smaller buck. Still looking to get a pic of the huge non-typical but he didn't get that way from being dumb.
First of all, if you haven't gone winter backpacking, it needs to happen in the near future. It puts a very unique twist on the summer version of the activity. Yes, it's cold but it's nothing that being prepared can't remedy. Beyond it's therapeutic and recreational value, I think it is a very good tool for the big game hunter as well. I don't think that you can spend too much time getting to know the ins and outs of the area that you hunt. And there is no better way to gain experience in...