After running trail cameras for the past two months the bucks have really filled out their racks nicely. I typically see velvet shed the middle of August in the midwest, so I would say we have 15-20 days of growing left, plenty of time to add 5-10 more inches!
I always enjoy seeing these bucks we have come to know all summer in velvet go to hard antler, and sometimes it takes a bit to figure out who is who! Of course those “Hit List” bucks you have your eye on will show up and you’ll breathe a little easier knowing they didn’t leave the area when they rubbed the velvet off.
Now is a critical time to not “over-check” the cameras, leave a two week window between checking them, and try to minimize traffic in the areas. If you haven’t hung your stands yet, get them in the tree, trim your lanes etc now and get out of the woods!