About Todd Mead
My name is Todd A. Mead. I’m the author of Backcountry Bucks: From the Adirondacks and Beyond and A Lifetime of Big Woods Hunting Memories: Hunting in the Adirondacks with a father & son. Since many people have started using trail cameras for scouting I decided to create this site as a way to share some nice photos.
I was born and raised on the southeastern edge of the Adirondack Park and that’s where I cut my teeth on hunting in the mountains. As time moved forward I found myself spending countless hours in a tent during October and November. When I located signpost rubs I always wondered what the bucks looked like that tore the trees apart. Every year I would find scrapes the size of kitchen tables scattered across the mountains. Although I shot a few nice bucks while I watched over the scrapes I always wondered how many deer actually visited these scrapes throughout the year, especially in the fall. A lot of these questions were answered after I started using trail cameras. The photographs captured gave me a better understanding of the patterns of deer.
As I gained more hunting experience in the Adirondacks I began feeling comfortable enough to share my stories. That’s when I decided to write my first book, which was welcomed in the hunting community with an abundance of positive feedback. The feedback encouraged me to write another book that followed the same basic format as the first one, so I shared more hunting stories with my readers. It has been an overwhelming experience and the readers are now requesting a third book. If I find the time I will have to sit down and tackle that project.
My hunting partner has always been my father. He has been my very best friend since day one. There’s nobody I would rather spend a day in the woods with than him. In the last couple of years we have both dealt with very serious health issues. I’ve had two major surgeries, so getting around isn’t quite as easy as it used to be. My father suffered a massive heart attack in late February of 2013. His recovery has been extremely slow, so our hunting tactics will definitely have to change. Although we’ll still hunt the Adirondacks I’m sure we’ll also do some traveling to hunt in other states, too. It’s too bad hunting season doesn’t last a little longer.
I’ve learned to enjoy every single day I’m able to be in the woods. I used to take it for granted until I had a conversation in Florida one day while I was at a national archery tournament. I met a friend there from Illinois and he introduced me to a friend of his who lived in New York prior to moving to Illinois. When I asked him why he moved to Illinois his answer was something I’ll never forget. He said, “You only get to hunt so many ruts in your life. If you love deer hunting you should take advantage of every single rut, so you might just as well move to where the experiences in the rut are second to none.”
Now, years later, I still find myself thinking about that comment. I’ve enjoyed experiencing the rut in many different places and I can enjoy it even more now that we will be able to share our trail camera photos with each other. I hope you feel the same and send some photos of your rutting bucks my way.