(Not so) Waterfront News
It’s been rather slow down at the waterfront as of late, so I planned something different for today’s blog entry. It’s all about bucks and antlers. Over the past few months I have developed an interest and passion for deer. I find the animals fascinating and I study them on a daily basis. Recently, I built an antler trap and set it up in the wild. It’s a shelf attached to a horizontal log. Above the shelf is a piece of wood which forms sort of a roof. Bait is placed in the rear of the trap on the shelf. The idea is to get the bucks to go into the trap after the bait, thus knocking off their antlers on the section of wood above. So far I have not had any results. But most of the bucks I the area of my trap are still carrying their antlers. Time will tell if my experiment works.
I set up my trail camera above the antler trap to see who is visiting it. I get at least five different bucks at the trap on a nightly basis. Also, I have started antler-hunting. I have never done this before. I go to a different section of the island to search for antlers. One day recently I found 7 antlers in an hour of searching. Among those seven antlers were two matched sets! That was a good day. Other days I found as many as four antlers and as little as one or two. So far in four afternoons of antler-hunting, I have found 18 antlers. Not bad for a rookie. It took me a long time to finally figure out where the antlers could be found. I spent endless hours searching in all the wrong places. Now that I know where to look, I am having very good luck. In any event, here are some pictures from my trail camera overlooking the antler trap and a picture of all the antlers I found so far including the biggest one I found.
– Martie Mack (usually) writes the Nantucket Waterfront News blog