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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-11-2012, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Bears and trail camers

I should probably ask this question in the trail cam forum as well but what is it about trail cameras that bears just like to rip them down and destroy?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 12:01 AM
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Re: Bears and trail camers

Not sure, had the same problem myself on a few occasions. Had them scratch, move and even break some. Also had bears rip the foam out of 3 of my loggy bayou treestands and shred the foam up into a thousand pieces. And had 1 bear climb a big pine to rip the seat out of my api hang-on stand and bend it. Don't know what it is with the foam either.
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Re: Bears and trail camers

Not sure but they seem to find mine where ever I put them. I wonder if its considered baiting if I hunt over my trail camera, because they sure love to chew on them!

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Re: Bears and trail camers

Funny thread,

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Re: Bears and trail camers

Ive had bear on every cam i put out this year. Luckily none of them were damaged to bad but without fail i get pics of bear mouthing the cam or face to face with it. Funny about the stands my brother has had that happen too.
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Re: Bears and trail camers

Hmmmmm.....
Me thinks maybe them bears don't like hunters...

actually ,it's probably just their curiosity .

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Re: Bears and trail camers

I've been told that either the click of the shutter or a buzzing sound emmitted by cameras is what causes them to attack cameras they may think there are bees inside
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Re: Bears and trail camers

I was at Cabela's about 2 years ago and looking at trail cams. I noticed there was a small group of guys listening to a man talking; it turned out he was a representative from of the trail cam companies, think it was Moultrie. The bear question came up and he said always wear gloves when touching your cam. He said it's your scent and oil off your hands that draws them to the camera. I once put a birdhouse about 10' off the ground in a pine tree that I could see from the cabin window. A couple days later I see this bear walking near the pine tree and then stops. He sticks his nose in the air like he's smelling something and stands up for a better smell. Goes straight over to the tree, stands up again and destroys the birdhouse.
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Re: Bears and trail camers

I have had the same problem. A few days ago a friend gave me advice on how to solve this problem.

Take some double-sided tape and tape the sides of your camera, sprinkle some cayenne pepper on it and refresh as needed. The bears learn fast not to mess with the camera!

My friend has been doing this for about two years and hasn't had a problem. Prior to that he has lost three cameras.

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Hope this helps!
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Re: Bears and trail camers

wont that also deture any other animal coming into the area?

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