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deer hunters... do you use a trail camera?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by rfb45colt, Dec 2, 2004.

  1. rfb45colt

    rfb45colt safe-cracker

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    Strictly on an impulse buy, I bought a Stealth-Cam from Walmart, about 2 weeks ago. I set it up near my tree-stand, just prior to the WI gun deer season. I'm amazed at the pictures I got. In a week's time, I got over 50 pics of deer (the camera is still out there, with a new roll of film I put in yesterday), but unfortunately almost all were taken in non-legal shooting hours. I only got about 10 pics during legal shooting hours, and those were all young deer that were still on the move in the morning just after hunting hours opened, and were up and moving just before dark. The big deer have gone completely nocturnal, due to all the hunting pressure.

    I got pics of a big buck, and because I know he's hanging around my hunting area, during the 9 day gun deer season (which closed on Sun, Nov 30th) I passed up numerous shots at smaller bucks & does, hoping for a shot at him (you only get one buck tag here for firearms, and one for bow). Our muzzleloader season is now open, until Wednesday Dec. 8th, so I'm still out there trying every morning & afternoon. I've then got 3 more weeks of bow hunting. Now that the vast majority of hunters are done, the woods have quieted down, so maybe he'll show himself when it's legal to shoot. ;)

    Here's the best of the pics I got with my camera. It was taken at 1:25am, Thanksgiving morning.

    Got any good trail camera pics, let's see 'em.
     
  2. Some of the guys I hunt with from Maine feed the deer AFTER the season is shut down. I could'nt believe some of the pictures I saw of deer that were just a few yards from one of my stands. Makes you wonder where all those monsters hide during the season? I've been tempted to put one of those cameras near my gardens. Our gardens are always tracked up hard.;c
     


  3. c10bonanza

    c10bonanza Hobo

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    Never put one up. I don't want deer getting spooked by a bright light everytime they walk by my stand the weeks before season opener.
     
  4. Biggest buck I got on film. I got two pictures of this buck in October 2003.
    <a href="http://www.hunt101.com/?p=148384&c=500&z=1" title="Hosted Free at Hunt101.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.hunt101.com/img/148384.jpg" border="0"></a>

    Nice of him to turn his head for another angle.
    <a href="http://www.hunt101.com/?p=149364&c=504&z=1" title="Hosted Free at Hunt101.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.hunt101.com/img/149364.jpg" border="0"></a>
     
  5. sarge

    sarge Millennium Member

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    Here are some of my better ones...

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    In this one, you can see the stand in relation to the camera...
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    Never know what might walk by the camera...
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    Another one when I moved the camera...
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  6. lomfs24

    lomfs24

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    I guess it would be far to say that the bright lights didn't bother this deer it he felt it was more important to scratch himself than run. :)
     
  7. lomfs24

    lomfs24

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    These pictures are great. I wonder what I have been missing?
     
  8. ILikeFtLbs

    ILikeFtLbs

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    Sarge-

    What kind of camera do you use? I've been thinking about setting up some cameras by my feeders for the off season, but the way the deer come in I want to be able to see what deer are lurking in the background. Yours look like what I'm after.
     
  9. sarge

    sarge Millennium Member

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    I use a homebrew that I built using info from Jesse's Hunting Page . I started off using a 35mm cam, but over the years, developing gets expensive. For the last 2 years, I have been using a digital. Now, when I go to the woods, I just take my spare media card and swap it out. You can do the homebrew route for less than $300.
     
  10. The pictures have been cropped. But if you could see the entire photo, they are time stamped. The deer stood there for over 2 minutes, as the pics were taken 2 minutes apart. He did moved on before 4 minutes as I did not get a 3rd picture of him.