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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-01-2017, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down 3/3

This is the third year in a row that someone decided that they needed one of my cameras more than I do. The frustration of the fact that I now have to cable lock all of my cameras is sickening.
For the record: No, it was not locked. If you are one of those people who thinks that that means that this is somehow my fault, move along please. I don't want to hear it. What in the ---- is so hard about, if it isn't yours, leave it alone??


On a solid note, I got video of a VERY large framed buck. I don't know what he is yet so I have nothing to post. He was running straight away through evening sun, but he is definitely big.


I forgot to load the file off of my laptop, the female bear that PGC trapped two years ago in our camp yard showed back up. She is looking very healthy, much larger and has two cubs! As much as I love to bear hunt, I don't think I could ever shoot her (especially now that she has cubs). We have known her since she was a cub and she had a tough road through her young life. Nice to see her doing so well.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-01-2017, 12:00 PM
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That very much stinks, sorry to hear that. The paranoia of just that happening very much influences where I put them out. I always find a place deep back in where you can't see flash from any roads.

I still had a bear get one of my nice Spypoint cameras I went to check Sunday. Found it about 10 yards away, and since it was laying on the ground it appears to be fried from moisture getting in the housing. Just became a bear hunter.
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They allow anyone to use anybodies tree stand. I guess some think they can extend that to cover using and relocation the cams of others. However, that is a real bummer. If I removed all the T cams I see in the woods/fields I would have a life time supply, however if is does not belong to me I do not want it.
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If someone takes a camera that they did not buy or borrow from a friend, they did indeed steal it. That makes them a thief and a criminal. And stealing someone's personal property is a very scummy thing to do. Shows a complete lack of respect for your fellow man which means they are a piece of cr4p in general.
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Do you put any identifying marks or numbers on your T. Cams so just in case it might be retrieved by the police for your identification? Or if you should find it in operation in another location. I put my military #on all my T. cams, ladder/climber and lock-on stands for my own personal recognition. Some use their Hunting License number.
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That stinks. I have 3-4 spots I want to put out a camera on SGL but stories like these make me hesitant. I'm thinking about running one out Monday then getting it Friday. Putting it out in location #2 the following monday and continuing the process. My thinking is that more people will be walking around Saturday and Sunday so this could help anyone with sticky fingers.
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Where I had this one was pretty deep. There area handful of guys who go in that far, one of which I am fairly certain could be suspect #1... but the burden of proof is a hard thing to get and being wrong can make me look like a total idiot. B2H that's a good idea about the service ID#.


Two years ago I lost one really deep in the laurel, I still cant believe someone found it. Last year I took a risk and placed one close to the road. It made it about three days.


It honestly makes me want to steal every camera I see. Ya know, if that is how the game is played, then I can play too. But as the ole saying goes, two wrongs don't make a right. It is sure frustrasting.




The good things that happened yesterday in the woods far outweighed the bad of losing a camera, so I wasn't as mad as I had been in the past. I guess losing 1 a year could be considered par for the course with state land. But man, what I wouldn't do for 5 minutes alone with the person(s) that took them.


Hopefully I'll get some pics of Mr Big and some more of Sally and the kids soon. It really warms my heart to see how healthy she is that buck is definitely pressing the "come on November" button.

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You need to bait them. Put a camera high up in a tree and point it down at your trail camera. That way you can get a picture of the winner and give it to police.
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That stinks. I have 3-4 spots I want to put out a camera on SGL but stories like these make me hesitant. I'm thinking about running one out Monday then getting it Friday. Putting it out in location #2 the following monday and continuing the process. My thinking is that more people will be walking around Saturday and Sunday so this could help anyone with sticky fingers.
I would think that would improve your chances not losing our valued T cam to a thief. If also helps not to put them in heavy travelled or open places. If you find a nice trail follow along side of it and find a place which is not visible from a distance. Also mounting them above the normal line of sight can help. I sometimes carry one or two sections of my rapid climbing rails so I can elevate my cams.

What is normally seen first is the horizonal belt or cable around the tree when most objects in the woods are vertical, so if there is a way to hide or disguise the horizonal band with a limb, brush etc. use markers to color the factory belts to closely match the tree...grey/black.

And for God's sakes don't flag the way to the cam with markers. If you must mark the location to find them invest in a GPS or more economically use natural markers such as a rock a limb or something other will not relate to as an indicator.
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You need to bait them. Put a camera high up in a tree and point it down at your trail camera. That way you can get a picture of the winner and give it to police.
I have a couple of old cams that don't work, if the thieves start hitting my area I plan to as you said using my duds to catch a dud.
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