Editor's Note: Since the end of May, Jason
Harvison, who lives just north of Nashville, Tennessee, has been
putting-out C'Mere Deer powder, liquid and 3 Day Harvest to not only
census his deer herd but also to look for shooter bucks that he'll be
able to hunt in the fall. Harvison believes in, "putting in your time
and doing your homework if you're going to take big bucks every season."
He likes to watch the antler development of the bucks on his property,
and learn where, when and why they move. This week, we'll get an update
on what Harvison is learning by using C'Mere Deer and Leaf River cameras
during the off season. Bring deer in with: C'Mere Deer
Series:"Scouting for Deer Now - Jason Harvison's
Latest Report on C'Mere Deer"
Question: What effects are you seeing this summer from using the
C'Mere Deer products to lure deer in so that you can photograph them
with video trail cameras?
Harvison: The C'Mere Deer
Shake-N-Take and 3 Day Harvest right now are my star players as far as
attracting deer. This year, C'Mere Deer upped the amount of protein and
fat in some of their products, especially the Shake-N-Take. This change
seems to have put an increased desire in the deer to come and eat this
product. That extra protein aids antler development, as well as helps
the overall body health of the deer. Right now, deer are trying to
put-on weight during the summer to get ready for the colder temperatures
in the fall. The deer are building-up fat content before cold weather
arrives and the rut. I can see increased movement and more deer coming
to my C'Mere Deer sites since Ivan Hawthorne has increased the fat and
protein content in this product. In the summer, I'm attempting to put
big antlers on the bucks I hunt. So, I'm putting-out Shake-N-Take and 3
Day Harvest, and I'm also saturating Trophy Rock (a mineral lick
rock-type product) with liquid C'Mere Deer to try to get the deer to
lick and take more minerals. I believe that the more minerals and fat I
can get in the deer during the summer months, the healthier my deer will
be and the more potential they'll have to grow big antlers. I spray my
Trophy Rock with Michael's Buck Juice and let the Buck Juice soak-in to
it. While the Buck Juice is still wet, I put C'Mere Deer powder on top
of the wet Trophy Rock to add more drawing power to Trophy Rock and to
get the deer to come in and lick it more often. From my Leaf River
cameras, I see that this strategy is working, and the deer are really
licking that Trophy Rock and ingesting those minerals.
Question: What have you been able to learn about your buck-to-doe
ratio from videoing your deer at the C'Mere Deer sites this summer?
Harvison: On the farms I hunt, I
don't seem to have an overpopulation of does. Just about every deer
manager you talk to says that you need to harvest does to keep your
buck-to-doe ratio in balance. However, from the videos I'm taking of
deer coming in to the C'Mere Deer site, I've learned that I've got about
a 1:1 or 1:2 buck-to-doe ratio. Therefore, the evidence that I've
gathered on these video cameras is telling me that I probably don't need
to harvest any does, or if I do take does, I need to take them
sparingly. What I've learned from using C'Mere Deer and video cameras is
that deer management, to be effective, has to be a site-by-site or
property-by-property type of program. I'm sure that in some sections of
Tennessee and Kentucky, deer herds are out of balance and have a high
doe-to-buck ratio. But these problems don't seem to be true on the small
farms that I hunt.
I think this is an important key for why hunters should use C'Mere
Deer and trail cameras now. Once you understand that the same shoe
doesn't fit all feet, you also can understand why the same deer-harvest
scheme that works for one property may not be appropriate for another.
Therefore, by studying your deer herd and learning what deer live on the
property you hunt, you can make better decisions about whether or not
you need to take does and if so, how many do you need to take for every
buck you harvest.
Question: What can you tell about the health of the deer coming to
the C'Mere Deer site?
Harvison: This time of year, the
deer are in their summer coats and are sleek and slim. You can see a
couple of ribs on the deer, but this doesn't mean that they're in poor
health. They're supposed to look like this when the weather's hot, and
they need to stay cool. The deer aren't moving very much; they're more
or less staying in one area. There's plenty of food for them to eat,
therefore there's really no reason for them to move a lot right now,
except to get water and to taste the C'Mere Deer.
Another thing I like about using the trail cameras is I can tell if
there are any injuries or diseases in my deer long before deer season
arrives. One of the things I can tell by using video is if a deer is
limping or showing any abnormal movement patterns that might indicate
that he was injured. Because I put cameras out after deer season, I
spotted some bucks that were probably injured during the rut and were
limping. But I can tell that those deer have almost recovered now. Some
of my bucks still are limping, however, they've recovered from their
injuries and they're going to be fine. No one likes to wound or injure a
deer and not recover it, but this is a part of hunting. Due to from
trail cameras and my using C'Mere Deer, I can see if a wounded deer has
recovered or not.
Too, you have to remember
as sharp as antlers are and as strong as bucks are, they're going to
gouge each other with their antlers. As we all know, sometimes a buck
fight will result in death. But more than likely, a buck will just be
beaten-up after the rut. You can watch his overall health as he recovers
and tell what kind of shape he'll be in for hunting season with C'Mere
Deer and a trail camera. Also, if I have an older-age-class buck that's
developed a limp from an old injury, I can identify that buck much more
quickly and easily, not only because I know he limps, but I know what he
looks like when he's limping.