Trail Cameras poll questions:

Discussion in 'Trail Cameras' started by Kwood, May 28, 2017.

  1. Kwood

    Kwood Well-Known Member

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    To keep concise, I'd love to know the following:

    1) how big of a property?
    2) how many cameras?
    3) when do you run them?

    1) 120 acres
    2) 6 cameras
    3) I run 2 year round and the other 4 I put out Memorial Day weekend through end of February.




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  2. catscratch

    catscratch Well-Known Member

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    1000 acres and 160 acres.
    1 camera (currently broke)
    Year round, but not anywhere near a hunting location.


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  3. Sam16

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    4 camera (all cell based) placed over self serve feeders.


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  5. Otghuntingclub

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    380 acres. (3) Cells, year around...mostly for security. Another (6) tradional, year around, in high traffic areas. Another 4-5 prior to and during season, location varies by activity.
     
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  6. DocHolladay

    DocHolladay Well-Known Member

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    1) 41 acres and 500 acres
    2) 2 cameras and 14 cameras
    3) 24/7/365. The 41 acre cameras stay in the same spot. The 500 acre cameras stay at feed stations and mineral licks February-August. They get moved around September-January scouting for deer movement.
     
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  7. Someday Isle

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    1) 36 acres
    2) 2-3 cameras (they're cheap Wild Game Innovations cameras and one has error codes from time to time)
    3) Move them around a little but they stay in the same areas

    Bonus answer - I just recently switched to putting them 6 feet high and using the video function. I was getting too many pictures of deer looking right at the camera including a cool eyeball picture. Since switching them I have no pictures of a deer even noticing them. I pulled cards today and had videos of a couple does, one of two bucks together with headgear showing up, and one with a lone buck starting what looks to be a wide rack. There were also several videos of a couple turkeys feeding on the cereal rye where it's headed out. It was a pretty exciting camera pull today. I took them down for now because I plan to do some mowing in the next couple weeks. I need to replace the batteries and I didn't really want video of me mowing.
     
  8. TrampledbyTurtles

    TrampledbyTurtles New Member

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    4 mixed bag, 2 are Moultrie 990i not impressed about the fact u cant use rechargeable batteries. But they take really nice pics

    1 was put in the field Sunday morning, starting to see some decent horn growth already
    Other three will hit the field Mid- late Aug
     
  9. Blizzard Ridge

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    1) Approx. 20,000 acres
    2) 45 Cameras - 35 are Exodus and the other 10 are older cheapo camera's. The Exodus camera's are great. I could use about 200 more to cover the ground I need to but I am a poor boy.
    3) A few camera's stay out year around but most I put out in June after getting food plots put in and I run them until March or all sheds are on the ground.
     
  10. useyourbow

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    I use mine primary for inventory and during the season on field scan. I know I should use them to "scout" but after August 15th. I only enter the woods to hunt to keep pressure low. I may change a card or two on the way in and out but that is it.
     
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  11. Kwood

    Kwood Well-Known Member

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    Blizzard, what model of Exodus? To have 35 you must like them?


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  12. Blizzard Ridge

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    Exodus Lift is the model I have. Great little camera's for a good price. The owners are great guys as well and their customer service is the best I've seen. No BS replacement plan on damaged camera's. I would recommend them to anyone. I had one camera out of the 35 that the nightime flash was not working on and they took care of it no questions asked. Other than that one camera I have not had a problem with any other camera and they would average between 500 and 1500 pictures every two weeks.
     
  13. TrampledbyTurtles

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    Did anyone read the new article out, about how many more deer than we realize are being spooked with game cams.
    By being moved around constantly or adjusted in height.

    I guess up an till now most of my cameras have been located in the same location.

    But I did put out a couple last yr. running down a grass trail, right out in the middle of CRP. Attached to a 8 ft T Post.
    And they sure didn't seem to mind.

    My only reasoning is that maybe our deer are a little more conditioned to human activity. Live in low population density, but high ag productivity. And every mile has a gravel road and everything is sectioned off. No big tracts of land here.

    Plus I do a lot of predator trapping in the spring for pheasant & duck nest protection. Then move on to habitat work, so my truck is there at least 1 day a week.

    Maybe they r just used to me an my activities, or maybe Im just not seeing the entire picture, not sure.
     
  14. catscratch

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    Didn't read the article but I haven't put out a trail cam where I hunt for many yrs. just for this reason. I firmly believe that the more times I set foot in a hunt location, the less chance I have of harvesting a mature buck. Ive seen plenty of evidence of this first hand over the yrs.
     
  15. TrampledbyTurtles

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    Wish I had that option Catscratch, Dad built the foundations of the place around supporting a high number of wild pheasants. The deer have always just been a bonus for him. Where I am the opposite since taking over the management duties. I am focusing my efforts around deer.

    But that wont stop me from trapping for 2 weeks every spring to keep coons an skunks in check,
    or stop him from pulling his ice castle out to the farm every summer for a little getaway/hunting cabin.

    Give an take I guess.

    Opening pheasant has always been a tradition for him. So every third weekend in October. He an a few buddies dressed in orange proceed to walk the ground chasing the whiley ringneck. All the while spooken a handfull of deer off the ground. As a bowhunter, do I think it affects deer movement, ya probably. But I know from my trail cams, that I still capture pics of deer including hit list bucks that very night and with increased frequency as Nov approaches.
     
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    catscratch Well-Known Member

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    It's been forever since I shot a pheasant! I loved hunting as a kid but have moved a little out of their range so I see few of them. Sounds like you have a cool operation!
    Let clarify what I do. I run trail camera's but where I hunt. I use to set in my tree and be able to see a camera or two. I watched deer interact with them, avoid them, and feed in a plot for an hour without getting their pic taken. I also found that my first hunt in a stand was usually my best with sightings dropping off with each consecutive hunt. My conclusion was that entry to that particular spot was detrimental. I changed my ways and have had much greater success. This included keeping camera's out of my hunting spots (not necessarily hunt land).

    My parent's place gets human activity EVERY day. They are always out there goofing around and it's still a good hunting spot. I just have to treat it differently.
     
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  17. j-bird

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    from spring green up until close of hunting season

    I could take them or leave them. I'm not heart-broken that I am without one at the moment.
     
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  18. Blizzard Ridge

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    Trampled I think you said a very interesting thing in your last post about it not affecting the deer. Your trail cameras still have hit list bucks show up on camera that very "Night". I run a ton of camera's and I agree with everyone about deer noticing. I started working on a study last deer season and so far I have noticed that when just going in to change a card the first night I will get pictures of doe and young bucks, the second night there will be the same deer showing and about the 3rd to 4th night the age structure will go up to 3 & 4 year olds. After the camera has been left alone for about a week I will start getting pictures of mature bucks. I have tracked this on numerous camera's. Also, I have noticed when putting in a new camera set I may get a good buck on camera in the first couple nights but then it will cool down on mature bucks for a week or more before they start showing up again.

    If I get time after one more year of tracking camera's I plan to do a small write up on my findings that I have logged. In your situation though Trampled I would look at it as who cares what the deer do for a couple of days. The fact that your dad is still out enjoying chasing pheasants around on the property is all that matters. It was similar to when my grandpa was around and loved to deer hunt but could not sit still for 5 minutes so I would set him up where if he sat for about an hour he would get his meat kill taken care of. The problem was he loved to walk around the woods and see everything that God created for him. After a day or two of him deer hunting if he didn't kill there would not be a deer within a mile of our farm but I didn't care. He earned his right to trample that farm anytime he wanted to and I knew he didn't have too many hunt left in him to take it all in.
     
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    Well said Blizzard, agree across the board.
     
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    I run all of my cameras year round. I only own 21 acres, but have i think 10 cams up. I also run about 20 cams on public land. On average i go 2-5 months between cam checks on my public land cams, sometimes longer, then they hang all winter til the snow melts off enough for me to get to them. I hang my public land cams up about 12 feet high. No concern about the cams spooking deer. Theyre way over their heads, and i only check them maybe twice a year.
     

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