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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Washington County PA
Learned from 18,000 T Cam photos
Waited three weeks to run my trail cams....Too long with bait.
As usual I put out minature salt blocks at each camera as a reward to the deer for coming in to have their photographs taken. I use a cut piece of the small mineral blocks which are about 3X1 1/2X1/2."
The blocks are usually gone after three week with heavy traffic or less if the raccoons carry them off. I then relocate my cam as needed in an effort to close in and learn the travel patterns without any form of bait...trying to catch interesting bucks in their natural routines.
I use a camera to check my photos on site to determine my next camera move(s) and view what is out there. I set my cams on a three shot burst, because I like to get a good look at the antlers to determine repeats from different cam locations.
However, I had out 12 cams and some had over 2,000 pictures with the least one 500+. This takes a long time at each cam to review each and every picture. Plus my camera does not have the capacity to work if there are too many pictures on one CD card. Says BUSY and doesn't stop after 15-20 minutes.
One cam had 2,300+ pictures all were does in a location in which over the last few years had produced a few bucks with potential in years to come?? Where did they go???? Basically I had a couple of fair 8 pointers and one nice wide spread 10 pointer, but as is the norm in my location the longest tines 8"+-.
I did have 4 different people total on two of the cams. Two of the appeared to be prepared to dig ginseng. It appears only one saw a cam and that is questionable on the three pictures??
I reset my cams without bait now on two shot burst and will run them in the next 10 days or two weeks with a couple of more relocations before the opener. I try to get in and out just before a rain.
Things I noticed from the 18,000+- photo's some doe appeared very fat while a few were on the slim side, some still have their red coat while other seem to be shedding for their winter coat, there were several fawns with spots, the bucks were running solo vs the normal buck groups I often get this time of the year. Also deer came into the cams on the first day they were set out. I also had a lot less than norm photo's of raccoons and turkeys.
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