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Nantucket Deer

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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The bucks I’m capturing on my trail cameras now are growing their antlers. They shed last year’s antlers last winter. Deer grow a new set of antlers every spring. They are fully grown by September. This early the antlers are small and covered in velvet. Velvet is a substance with blood vessels on the developing antlers. The blood vessels deliver the blood to all parts of the antler, helping it grow. Bucks are very reclusive this time of the year because they do not want to damage their growing antlers by walking through heavy brush. They lay low only coming out to feed in the open. I have my nine cameras all over the island now documenting bucks and their antler growth. Soon the does will start dropping their fawns. It’s always a nice surprise to see a newborn fawn on my trail cameras. Stay tuned for that. For now, here are pictures from my Bushnell 466 trail camera of a buck in velvet. He spotted my camera and came over to it to investigate. Deer are extremely curious creatures. Anything they see that is new in their environment, they have a look. Click here for more.
Martie Mack writes the Nantucket Deer and Nantucket Waterfront News blogs

New Blog: Nantucket Deer

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

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Welcome to my new blog. A blog all about deer taken with the many trail cameras I own. I first got involved with trail cameras in the fall of 2010. Now it’s a huge passion of mine. I own 9 trail cams which I set out all over the island. They take pictures 24/7/365. I even have a trail camera that texts and e-mails me the pictures it takes in real time! It has its own phone number and SIM card. All of my cameras are motion-activated meaning when a deer walks by the camera it will take its picture. I leave the cameras out for a few weeks up to a couple of months depending on the area and the deer activity. Some cameras I check on a daily basis. All the pictures are stored to an SD card which can be downloaded and stored in my computer. I have thousands of pictures of deer now. Bucks, does and fawns. Single fawns, twin fawns and triplet fawns. Spike horn bucks all the way up to a jumbo 10 point buck. You name it and I have a picture of it from my trail cameras. Several of my cameras take video as well. I will share them here in the future.
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– Martie Mack writes the Nantucket Deer and Nantucket Waterfront News blogs

Waterfront News

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

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We are experiencing a typical spring on Nantucket. Foggy and rainy. It’s going by fast! Almost Memorial Day. In any event, I went down to the waterfront early this morning to have a look around and grab a few shots.
– Martie Mack writes the Nantucket Waterfront News blog