The All Knowing Trail Camera

Trail cameras have many uses including patterning animals, seeing what is in the area, and watching growth of animals. There are many different types as well from expensive 7-8 hundred dollar ones to one hundred dollar cameras. I personally use mine for just about everything from seeing what is there in the area to seeing what they are doing during each part of the moon phases.

My choice was to use Stealth cams and Moultrie they both run right around a hundred dollars, and I have had very good luck with both. My hunting buddy and I hit the use of trail cameras extremely hard this year and gained a lot of information about the area and the animals that where in it. It was a great experience and a lot of hard work packing in salt, deer co-cane, buck jam, and tree stands. We had been baiting this spot for 3 years now with no cameras and knew there was an abundance of animals hitting our savory trace selenium.

Hanging stands

The Walk IN!

One of our stations

We first put the cameras out on the last week in June and started getting pictures of cows and does right away. Then it was a bull here and there and then there was bucks and bulls using the salt almost every day. It was amazing to see how much antler growth the animals had in just a few weeks. we got super excited for season as you could guess! These are some of the pictures during that time.

If you look at the pic above this bull only has a fork on one side and five on the other. We named him the forkentard.

Forkentard

This buck is the same as the one looking at the camera in the next pic!

Well as you can see we were pretty excited for season to open ! So opening day we hike down to our stands before first light. While waiting for it to get light I could hear something walking in. I caught a glimpse of the animal, which turned out to be a cow elk, with good things to come, I hoped. However, sitting for 8 hours and seeing nothing but the same cow five separate times was a little discouraging, although we still had high hopes.

We went down and sat in our stands six more days during early season. Before season we had been getting 400-600 pictures a week. After that first day with the cow we were only getting 8-20 pictures a week. This really made us think, as we had no clue what was going on. We started reviewing pictures and found some of the animals looked spooked, but we figured it was just the sound from the camera. The last trip we made in was to pull cameras, and we noticed that my hunting partner’s harness had been cut and pricked. We were excited to see what had cut the harness. When we checked the pictures we saw what we figure to be around a 160 -180 lb cougar.

The early season may have been a waste, but it was a great learning experience. When using cameras let them be a tool to you to know what all is in the area you are planing on hunting, look for signs of distress and behavior of the animals as well. I hope this helps some with trail camera use and you guys enjoyed the pictures.

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Levi Binford

Levi Binford

From the time that Levi first went hunting with his father he was hooked for life. When he's not working he's usually in the woods or on the river, and has been very successful in his young hunting career.