One of my top goals for this season was to implement cell cameras on the main properties that I hunt. Trail cams are digital gold for me and my deer hunting. Over the years I have determined that I get some of the most valuable information from traditional cams before and after season. It was clear that trail cams were largely an inventory tool to see which bucks I had around. Of course my cams were out during hunting season but checking cards every 3-7 days , some not being pulled for weeks , wasn't really doing me much good at the time I needed information from them. I guess it was the fact of being frustrated by looking at pictures of previous days activity that had since ceased or changed. Can't even tell you how many times I'd see pictures of a good buck hanging in a spot for a couple days and here I am days / weeks later hunting it and that buck has since moved on.... The fact that I could get pictures of certian bucks using particular properties or areas within hours - even immediately - instead of days later pushed me to invest in cellular. Hunting multiple properties always poses tough decision making on where to go. My typical thought process involved things like wind direction, current crops, previous years experience etc. I was excited to use cell cameras to help decide where my morning , evening or mid day / all day sits would be. One of my new cell cameras was put up on a creek crossing this summer. I hung a licking vine about 10 ' from it and the deer took to it very well. There has been easily 20+ different bucks, and a good number of 3.5+ yr olds use that vine from late summer through the fall. Last weekend I had plans to get out for some gun hunting after a slow wet opening morning and then working the following week. Saturday morning I sat behind my house on a recently cut cornfield and saw a large 8 pt tied up with a hot doe. I went back out there that afternoon with high hopes only to have a large group of mature does come out , no big buck in tow. Sunday morning had predicted east winds that would work nicely for the stand I sat Saturday morning as well as the property with the licking vine. Having the encounter with the 8 earlier in the morning I was thinking I'd go back to that stand. I checked my cell cam pics Saturday night and was surprised to see one of my hit list bucks using the scrape below the licking vine at 5 pm Saturday evening. It appeared there may be a hot doe around as well. I decided I better go there Sunday morning. My decision was reinforced when I woke up to find that a nice 120" 8 Pt was using the vine and dogging a doe past the cam during the night along with a good amount of other deer. At 7:45 am I got a 60 yd shot off on the buck that came into the vine the previous evening at 5pm. He's a 12 pt with triple split brow tines. If 4 of his points would have been a 1/2 " longer he would've been a 16 pt! If I hadn't got the cell pics of him Saturday night I most likely wouldn't have went to that spot and been after the big 8 I saw Saturday morning.