I keep seeing posts of "The Slump" people have been experiencing with their camera traps, and not just local to me! The professor who got me into both camera trapping and blogging has blogged about his inactivity with the critters: JVN's Backyard Beasts, he's the closest to me that's mentioned his lack of activity. But, all across the country people seem to be coming up with nothing. Why is this? Are animals sticking close to home? Not as willing or able to wander? In the Finger Lakes region of NY, as of last Monday (January 16th), it was 50 degrees F here! At the moment we have snow, but I don't think we've had more than 6-8" of snow at any given moment. So, the snow shouldn't be holding them back. It has been unseasonably warm, food is easier to get at...I don't get it.
I've had 4 cameras set at Finger Lakes Community College's East Hill Campus in Naples, NY:
2. The glands secrete a fatty substance that clings to the long hairs that are around the gland. If anyone has ever messed with a tarsal gland you know how pungent these glands are. Few hunters understand that the scent comes from the combination of the gland and the deer urinating on these glands – not just the gland itself. That’s why its important to check and see what is the fluid mixed with a tarsal gland from an outdoor company if using one as an attractant.
3. According to a University of Georgia research study, the process by which deer urinate on their tarsal glands is called rub-urination, this was more frequently occurring at night. Its also a way deer can distinguish individual deer bucks will do this more frequently during the rut when testosterone levels are higher. They will also tend to do this in and around scrapes and rubs.