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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-08-2018, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Trail Cams and Snow....

With all the snow on the ground, it makes for some nice winter pics for sure, I`de like to put more cams out , but I am afraid that someone will follow my footprints in the snow to my cam and steal it, I had that happen once. There is just too many dishonest people out there to take a chance. I usually wait until the snow melts before put mine out.

Actually I think there are more trail cams stolen on private land than on public land, just because the trespasser does not want to be ID so it is taken. What do you guys do, if anything to prevent a theft with snow on the ground??


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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-08-2018, 03:06 PM
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I won't put any out in snow, only in my yard. In winter I put them out at dusk and pick up first light and work a small area.
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This time of year I try to put them out before it snows. I usually wait to put them out after late muzzleloader to get an idea what survived the seasons. It is like you said they will follow your tracks and take them. I only try to buy new cams every now and then when they are on sale or offer rebates. I pick up the others I have at yard sales, auctions or people that want the newer ones and give me a good deal on theirs. When I go to buy used ones I take along some new batteries and a sd card to make sure it works.

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Something I've always been paranoid about too. I just wait until right before we get enough snow to cover my tracks, or when the snow melts.
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I have out 10 cameras out now on public land . I have found that if you use bear boxes and a python cable that no one can steal them . Just my 2 cents !
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I have out 10 cameras out now on public land . I have found that if you use bear boxes and a python cable that no one can steal them . Just my 2 cents !

That couldn't be farther from the truth. The only trail cam that can't be stolen is one that isn't found. 2 snips with bolt cutters and your camera is gone.
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I have a python cable but after learning the it is easily cut with bolt cutters I don't use it. I have a security box and lock the camera with a Masterlock and chain. The chain is a from a car chain that I removed the cross members.

Am I correct that it would be harder to steal this rig?
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I have out 10 cameras out now on public land . I have found that if you use bear boxes and a python cable that no one can steal them . Just my 2 cents !
You are just lucky then. You have not met the guy with lock cutters or the battery powered grinders that can cut a python cable like butter.
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I have a python cable but after learning the it is easily cut with bolt cutters I don't use it. I have a security box and lock the camera with a Masterlock and chain. The chain is a from a car chain that I removed the cross members.

Am I correct that it would be harder to steal this rig?
If they can see it, they will get it no matter how you secure it. The best thing I have found is 15ft up a tree where they are not visible.
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Rifle season end to February when I spend the most time in the woods, other than the end of October and the month of August, is the most important time of year for preparation. I use this time to ID survivors I may want to hunt the upcoming season. Point being, Iím not going to let snow stop me from moving cams. Iíve yet to get burned and understand itís a ticking timebomb. However This is what I do to minimize that risk.

I wonít enter places where my tracks can be easily identified. I look for thick areas to enter and try not to make clear imprints. If someone wants to get out of a vehicle and follow the disturbance in the woods a few yards obviously they will figure out its a human. I donít take drastic measures but if I can use thick laurel I will. Iíll walk out tire tracks and enter the woods where someone even myself have turned a vehicle around imprinting the snow. Second, is distance, I wonít put them close to the road or easy walking path, or maybe Iíll take the challenging way to get there. During my walk in I may zigzag back over my tracks to make it confusing. Again, not a lot of effort but enough to make a thief work. Third, I donít bunch cams up as I would in summer.. theyíll be a good distance apart. If one or two get stolen, I have to be prepared to except that. I may place them in areas that are difficult to get to. I hunt large areas and typically stay away from popular areas. While snow can make things obvious, there not not as many people in the woods.

Does any of this actually work? Idk but Iím not going to hold off on moving cams and Iím not going to make it easy.
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