Best Way To Determine Bucks On Property

Chad C. from Ohio wants to know about getting photos of bucks using trail cameras. “What is the best approach to photograph as many of the adult bucks on my hunting property as possible? Do I need lots of cameras?”

Dr. Dave Samuel

Good question Chad. The best approach is to put out piles of corn in your best deer areas on your property (make sure state laws allow that, and most states do) and place a camera right there. 

You don’t need a lot of cameras, but the more the better. One per 50 acres is great, but one camera per 100 acres will work. Or, just rotate your cameras and leave them on the pile of corn for a week at a time, in late summer or early fall.

Using the antler configuration and other body characteristics you should be able to identify individual bucks. You may not be able to hunt at those baited locations, but you can get a handle on your buck population with this approach.

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Dr. Dave writes a weekly column for If you have a question for Dr. Dave, e-mail your question to Dr. Dave in care of Tom Kacheroski, senior editor of‘s content at Dr. Dave studied deer for 30 years as a wildlife management professor at West Virginia University. In addition he has been a bowhunter for over 40 years, with deer being his main prey. He’s also an outdoor writer and has been with “Bowhunter” magazine for 31 years.

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