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Trail Cam invention

Who invented the Trail Cam?

The latest issue of the Pa. Game News has a great article about how George Shiras pioneer the first night photos of Deer.
This all started with Shiras's love of the outdoors more than 100 years ago!
Born in Allegheny, Pa, George Shiras is recognized as the first to set up cameras to take photographs of wildlife automatically.


Great read. Thanks Pennsylvania Game News
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Before trail cams...
The first trail thing I used was a timer. I don't recall the year. Anyone remember these gadgets? Been a long time ago.
I attached trip wire to other side of trail.
Gadget would record time string was tripped. No pictures, just the time. Primitive nowadays, but that's all we had.
I used mine for predator movement. Setting trip wire lower for Fox & Coon. But a Deer could also trip timer. So numbers varied and I quickly realized it wasn't too useful for my purpose. Gave it to Brother in Law, who used it for scouting Archery Deer movement, way back then.
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Had a bunch of those trail timers. Used to set them on trails coming to the hay fields. the problem was you never knew what pulled the trip string. back in the day that was all we had and our own knewledge. set on them fields many evenings to see what come out
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Before trail cams...
The first trail thing I used was a timer. I don't recall the year. Anyone remember these gadgets? Been a long time ago.
I attached trip wire to other side of trail.
Gadget would record time string was tripped. No pictures, just the time. Primitive nowadays, but that's all we had.
I used mine for predator movement. Setting trip wire lower for Fox & Coon. But a Deer could also trip timer. So numbers varied and I quickly realized it wasn't too useful for my purpose. Gave it to Brother in Law, who used it for scouting Archery Deer movement, way back then.
My Uncle told me about those when I first started archery hunting.
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Before trail cams...
The first trail thing I used was a timer. I don't recall the year. Anyone remember these gadgets? Been a long time ago.
I attached trip wire to other side of trail.
Gadget would record time string was tripped. No pictures, just the time. Primitive nowadays, but that's all we had.
I used mine for predator movement. Setting trip wire lower for Fox & Coon. But a Deer could also trip timer. So numbers varied and I quickly realized it wasn't too useful for my purpose. Gave it to Brother in Law, who used it for scouting Archery Deer movement, way back then.

Had two. Tried setting it high enough that deer only would trip it. Guesstimate at best as to what tripped it.

Was really glad when 35mm trail cams came out. I had a deal with the local photo developer that they would charge me only for the pictures that were developed. Something like $.25/picture. There were a lot of blanks. Maybe 5-10 actual pictures in a roll of film. Sometimes 0.
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...the problem was you never knew what pulled the trip string.
LOL...exactly. The latest technology
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Back in the 60's my grandfather had a trigger stick on his cameras (still and 8 mm) set up to catch birds at his feeders on film. I'm sure he wasn't the first, but .....

Find the time.....
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I've been on this site since it started...
Years ago, a member on this site made and sold trail cams to other members.
Does anyone remember who that was and what year?
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Before trail cams...
The first trail thing I used was a timer. I don't recall the year. Anyone remember these gadgets? Been a long time ago.
I attached trip wire to other side of trail.
Gadget would record time string was tripped. No pictures, just the time. Primitive nowadays, but that's all we had.
I used mine for predator movement. Setting trip wire lower for Fox & Coon. But a Deer could also trip timer. So numbers varied and I quickly realized it wasn't too useful for my purpose. Gave it to Brother in Law, who used it for scouting Archery Deer movement, way back then.
Like you I used trail timers made by Game Tracker ( I set them high enough off the ground that only bucks would trip them)
But to answer your question, Game Tracker also introduced the first trail camera to the market.
I bought one as soon as it hit the stores, it was 2 olive green plastic platforms with 4 large black screws and wing nuts and you put a 35 MM. camera ( that you supplied) in between the 2 plastic platforms and used the screws to adjust it and fit it to your camera.
The front and back of it was exposed to the elements. Then Camtracker & Buckshot 35 came out with models that came with a camera and had a case to protect it. ( I bought both of those as well)

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I've been on this site since it started...
Years ago, a member on this site made and sold trail cams to other members.
Does anyone remember who that was and what year?
There was a couple guys but Todd Plank was the main guy.

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