(Background info) Well I have been hunting since I was knee high to my Dad and was very fortunate to always have a place to hunt.I was allowed to hunt on my own when I was eleven or twelve for deer with a .234 win. I remember that first day like it was yesterday a proud boy setting in the woods doing it on my own. About 9:00am that morning here came the biggest buck I had seen and he was with in 15 yards before I could get that heavy gun up. Of course he saw me about that same time but it was too late, I cracked that gun off and down he went. I walk over to him and counted 14 points…I didn’t know what to think. My biggest fear was not being able to find the buck again when I walked out to get help. My Dad and his friends heard the shot and were waiting for me when I got out of the woods. We went and dragged him out of the woods and I was just as proud and a little cocky. But it didn’t take long for reality to set in…it wasn’t always going to be this easy.
In my early years, deer hunting was more about meat and not what you shot but how many. I was always taught that a buck with a little rack would never amount to nothing and should be shot or if you don’t shoot it someone else will. This old school philosophy was the reason that there weren’t many big bucks. When I got in my twenties I realized this old school mind set was wrong…they had little racks because they were young bucks. An older friend started to hammer the idea of quality deer management into my head. Needless to say he got through. I made the change and it renewed a passion and fire of deer hunting like never before. From then on I started passing little bucks, but realized that I had to get everyone else that hunted the place to participate if the management was going to work and it was going to have to start with my Dad. So I bought a camcorder and started to film my hunts and prove to my dad and everyone else that I was letting bucks walk. The first year or two was rough but they started to see the growth from one year to the next from my video. Anyway, long story short my Dad was converted into quality deer management. Then came trail cams and this started a whole new passion. Just the anticipation of seeing what was on the camera was great. But I was often disappointed to have so few pictures, after the camera had been out for weeks. So I tried corn and other attractants to get more pictures…they worked somewhat but you had to go back to the site to often and the cost to replenish was just too much. Then I came across Trophy Rock and thought I would give it a try. Well you could not find a better pair than a Trophy Rock and a trail cam. At the peak of the year in summer when usage is highest…I’m getting 600 to 1000+ pictures a week per trail cam. It’s almost a second job just sorting through all the pictures. There is not a buck within range that I don’t have a picture of licking the rock. If the neighbors kill a buck or we kill one…there is a picture of him licking the rock at some point. It has been huge in inventorying the bucks and the rack growth. Then I found out in 2008 Trophy Rock was having a trail cam contest with some real prizes. I thought I might have a real shot at this contest…I had years of experience in the usage of trail cams and it turned out pretty good in the end.
In closing, I love the outdoors and hunting. Many people ask why I go and freeze in a tree all day to come back with nothing. I tell them, it’s the hope the anticipation…that 10 seconds when you know it’s about to happen…Priceless.