There’s no better time to see what kind of bucks an area is holding than during the summer, and the very best way to do it is to with a mineral station, which will position deer in front of your trail camera and give them a nutritional boost to boot.
While some of those bucks you see will stick around for fall, keep in mind that many have distinct summer, fall, and winter ranges. You can minimize their dispersal a bit by providing quality food sources (food plots, feeders, etc.) but don’t be surprised if you lose a few bucks come mid-October.
For mineral sites, I like a camera that captures both top-quality photos and HD video. Moultrie’s M-50 is a solid choice that won’t break the bank. For food plots, the Panoramic 180i is a great option because it can cover an entire plot and capture images of every deer in a 180-degree arc.