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2024 Trail Camera Thread

A few years ago I was tracking a buck on snow, he was heading right at one of my cameras, about 30 yards before that camera, and he was coming in from behind it, he made a wide, sweeping circle around it, out of detection range and continued on his way back down the runway that camera was watching. I like and use cameras, but most people have no idea how much they mess up deer patterns when used improperly.
I have to disagree. I'm doing this cell cam thing 4 years now, and just haven't seen the evidence they avoid the area if they see the cam. I've had multiple uncountable bucks look at the cam, then show up the very next day. 1000022184.jpg1000022185.jpg

I'm sure there's always exceptions with some deer, but I mostly haven't seen it. There's too many downsides with image quality with no glow cameras imo. I feel my reveal pro has significant worse night images than the reveal X and 2.0s. Much less range, blurrier, grainier, and less detail. Another mature buck staring right at it. I encountered him in daylight at that cam 4 days later.1000022186.jpg
 
I have to disagree. I'm doing this cell cam thing 4 years now, and just haven't seen the evidence they avoid the area if they see the cam. I've had multiple uncountable bucks look at the cam, then show up the very next day. View attachment 103608View attachment 103609

I'm sure there's always exceptions with some deer, but I mostly haven't seen it. There's too many downsides with image quality with no glow cameras imo. I feel my reveal pro has significant worse night images than the reveal X and 2.0s. Much less range, blurrier, grainier, and less detail. Another mature buck staring right at it. I encountered him in daylight at that cam 4 days later.View attachment 103611
I’ve been using trail cameras since 2007 and yes we’ll definitely have to disagree on that one, I have no doubt trail cameras spook deer to the point it alters their normal patterns, not all deer… obviously… I’ve also had the same buck back the next day on my cameras, multiple times, but it definitely messes with some, this I have no doubt!
 
860516060410481-100-4-06152024071250-HD-SYFW0030.jpeg860516060410481-100-4-06152024071712-HD-SYFW0029.jpegMy first cell camera came in two weeks ago and I put it up the day after I got it. It’s on public so I used an old helium to place it about 8-10 feet up so hopefully no one messes with it. First week or so not many pics except a doe here and there, until this morning and this guy shows up. It’s a nice marshy area and this is a small patch of higher ground surrounded by marsh.
 
I saw this buck I call “The Blade” or just “Blade” maybe twice on camera during the entire season and never saw him on this particular property until late October or early November. Here he beds down right in front of the camera for over two hours last night/this mor
Poor little guy got kicked out on the 11th so mom and dad could have a date night!
 

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View attachment 103641View attachment 103642My first cell camera came in two weeks ago and I put it up the day after I got it. It’s on public so I used an old helium to place it about 8-10 feet up so hopefully no one messes with it. First week or so not many pics except a doe here and there, until this morning and this guy shows up. It’s a nice marshy area and this is a small patch of higher ground surrounded by marsh.
My experience with cams....it takes about a week (sometimes much longer) for activity to go back to "normal" when you go in and mess with hangin a cam or checking it. Really taught me how much I probably ruin a spot after hunting it just one time haha. I just switched a cam out that had been dead for a month over a mineral lick. Get a cell pic of a decent buck 2 days later and he's been gone for weeks since. He was walkin with his nose down and lookin at the cam in each pic like "OH F NO MOTHA F'R, IM GONE!"
I'm assuming he was coming into that spot until he smelled me and saw a dif cam working/taking pics.
 
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