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2nd Cell Cam or 3 more Tascos?

Buy another cell cam or 3 more tascos?


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gcr0003

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I had several Tascos cameras stollen the year before last and I never replaced them. I bought a cell camera last year and had a blast with it. It was nice not having to go pull the card but I could only have it one place at a time. Im debating on which I care more about: covering more ground vs. instantaneous feedback. These cameras will likely be spread out pretty far, which would give me intel on several pieces but would also not give me much intel unless I actually check the cameras. What I have found is that I struggle to go back out and check them to gain the intel, especially during season. I could also take the three cameras on a smaller area and really try to hone in on the deer movement. This will be allegedly for public land. So, should I buy another cell camera, or pick up about 3 more Tascos? Vote and then give me some thoughts to think about.
 

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Thought process is this. Put out 3 tascos and let them soak all season on some good spots. Check them periodically or leave them alone and use the intel for next season. If one does get stolen, then you aren't out much. If you go with a cell cam it can only be in one place and if it gets stolen that is going to be a lot worse than a cheap camera.

If you have 3 cameras and you end up putting one in a crappy location, you still have intel from two other spots. If you put up one cell camera in a crappy spot you have no backup intel.
 

gcr0003

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Thought process is this. Put out 3 tascos and let them soak all season on some good spots. Check them periodically or leave them alone and use the intel for next season. If one does get stolen, then you aren't out much. If you go with a cell cam it can only be in one place and if it gets stolen that is going to be a lot worse than a cheap camera.

If you have 3 cameras and you end up putting one in a crappy location, you still have intel from two other spots. If you put up one cell camera in a crappy spot you have no backup intel.
Well it’ll be my 2nd cell camera so it would basically be 2 Cell cameras vs 1cell camera and 3 Tascos. Don’t know if that changes your thought.
 

yoda4x4

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Or you could be a typical American and just buy 3 cell cams... Budget be damned LOL.


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NMSbowhunter

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Well it’ll be my 2nd cell camera so it would basically be 2 Cell cameras vs 1cell camera and 3 Tascos. Don’t know if that changes your thought.
I little. The pro for a cell cam would be to slap it up over a hot feed tree and watch it for a few days and see what is coming in. If it's just does, you know you can take one without possibly jeopardizing your chances at a buck. It would also tell you what time they are there.
 

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I wish I had one of the cell cameras that have like 4-8 sister cameras that can send pics to the cell cam home base and then from the home base back to me. I could locked down an area with those things. Those Cameras are still pretty expensive though.
 

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Ok so someone from another hunting forum was asking about the cellulcore 20s which is the cell camera I have. Then someone posted a link to them for only $59.99 and there is a rebate form $40 still valid to the end of the month.

It’s hard to believe that the rebate is still valid on this purchase, but for $60 I’m willing to give them a shot.

If the rebate works on top of the price that’s just $20 per camera, which is less than the Tascos.


We will see how this goes. I just bought 3. Buy at your own risk.


 

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Ok so someone from another hunting forum was asking about the cellulcore 20s which is the cell camera I have. Then someone posted a link to them for only $59.99 and there is a rebate form $40 still valid to the end of the month.

It’s hard to believe that the rebate is still valid on this purchase, but for $60 I’m willing to give them a shot.

If the rebate works on top of the price that’s just $20 per camera, which is less than the Tascos.


We will see how this goes. I just bought 3. Buy at your own risk.


Ok so someone from another hunting forum was asking about the cellulcore 20s which is the cell camera I have. Then someone posted a link to them for only $59.99 and there is a rebate form $40 still valid to the end of the month.

It’s hard to believe that the rebate is still valid on this purchase, but for $60 I’m willing to give them a shot.

If the rebate works on top of the price that’s just $20 per camera, which is less than the Tascos.


We will see how this goes. I just bought 3. Buy at your own risk.


What is the monthly fee for theses cameras?
 

cville_bowhunter

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I think it depends on your goals...what exactly are you hoping to get out of your trail cameras? This is something that I wish I had thought of before jumping into trail cameras...

If you're just wanting to inventory what is in the area (over a mock scrape or mineral lick, for example), I'd go with a cell cam. If you are trying to understand how/when deer are moving throughout a large area, I'd go with the cheapo cams. Just be careful––I got stuck in this "oh, if I only had 2 more cameras, I could..." trap a couple times this year. It turns out, I can always find another, better spot for a camera, although my wallet disagrees.

I have mixed feelings about cell cams. The terrain that I hunt is steep, and my access is limited, so it's nice not having to climb 1000ft of elevation every two weeks and keep blowing deer off the property when I want to check the photos. I get pics straight to my phone. On the other hand, I have had some issues with the cell cams...mostly programming and software issues. Those issues have taken a couple of cameras offline, and I know I missed photos of deer during that time. I worked those bugs out by early summer, so I hope they are good for the season. I guess my point is that the cellular aspect is another layer of things that can screw up.
 

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I just got into cell cams this year and so far I really enjoy the instant gratification but honestly, they still haven’t helped me pattern any specific buck. This is all on a private tract I hunt. I’m too risk aversive to put them on public and chance getting stolen. I think @BackSpasm summed it up well on a strategy for using both. For me, I’ll probably invest in a few more cell cams next year but I truly like the Tascos With high quality batteries they work great.
 

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I would use cell cams if I could use cams on the military base i hunt. Would just be easier to sit at home and see what’s up. Instead I have to scout multiple times a week

I voted cell cam
 

josh9284

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I voted 3 tascos, only problem with with any trail cam is your just not getting the full picture of what your trying to accomplish. Boots on the ground are the only real answer to see why where and how they are moving. Good luck either way. P.s. I have ditched the cams period a couple years ago. Now they are only used to see what critters are running around my yard!
 

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I voted 3 tascos, only problem with with any trail cam is your just not getting the full picture of what your trying to accomplish. Boots on the ground are the only real answer to see why where and how they are moving. Good luck either way. P.s. I have ditched the cams period a couple years ago. Now they are only used to see what critters are running around my yard!
I guess I should have prefaced by saying I just like seeing pictures of critters from a trail cam. I can’t explain it but I enjoy it so much. If it helps me know a deer is in the area, even better, but it’s mainly just going to be used for inventory and looking at deer pics. That said, I picked up 3 more cell cams for less than the price of the 3 tascos! So I guess it’ll be a good mixture!
 

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I can't vote, it really depends on how you use them, and what you want out of them. My non cell cams sit for the entire season, unless I find a need to move them.. my cell cams give actionable Intel that I use in areas a know I want to hunt, but still sit for most of the season. I typically put my cell cams in areas I located a buck or have a reasonably high suspicion that one is present. My non cells are my probs and gather Intel for the following season...... so figure out exactly what you want from the camera(s) and weigh it then....
 

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Cell cams for me are entertainment - fun to see what they get so i put them places where I know deer and bears would be, but I may never realistically get to hunt that spot or ever see those animals in daylight - just to see as much as possible. Ive gone to a more simpler approach to hunting and relying on boots on the ground scouting.

i killed way more deer when i was younger and poorer as I just got out there and worked. Now that I have a great income Ive bought all the gear I thoughtd id want and need, but gotten worse at hunting. Only thing cell cams did for me when scouting was confirm an assumption about the size of deer.

So I got quantity more than quality.
 

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Cell cams for me are entertainment - fun to see what they get so i put them places where I know deer and bears would be, but I may never realistically get to hunt that spot or ever see those animals in daylight - just to see as much as possible. Ive gone to a more simpler approach to hunting and relying on boots on the ground.

i killed way more deer when i was younger and poorer as I just got out there and worked. Now that I have a great income Ive bought all the gear I thoughtd id want and need but gotten worse at hunting. Only thing cell cams did for me qhen scouting was confirm an assumption about the size of deer.
Boots on the ground over everything
 
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