Show of hands – who else here uses trail cams to watch for game? Now, who else uses trail cams that are cellular so that you can see the photos even when you are 2.5 hours away?
This year in my push to try much harder than I ever have before in my deer hunting, I purchased three new cams to add to the single one I’ve had for three or four years. I stuck with Bushnell, because I think they’ve finally got it right with the Cellucore line, and they upgraded their site/app which supports the cams. I also got a good discount code.
I ended up aiming the oldest cam at the property gate because of security/trespasser issues. Also because the oldest cam has signal issues and the signal is strongest at the gate. Two of the new cameras I placed in areas adjacent to where my blind is. The fourth one is the newest and I just placed that last week in a completely different area of the property.
I have been seriously tickled with what I have been capturing. Except this remote imaging also produces FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out. Why? Because I can see what is happening when I am stuck at home on-call or otherwise can’t be in the blind and it can make me crazy.
For instance, I am serving grocery store turkey for Thanksgiving, because the flock of wild ones that populate the property only seem to show up in front of my blind when either a) it is deer season instead of turkey season, or b) I am at home cleaning out my garage on a call weekend.
Not that everything that I have seen is something I want to actually hunt – at least me personally. I did send the police to “hunt” a particularly obnoxious trespasser who showed his face on cam, and he got a talking to. But other species were just interesting to know they were there.
Here is just a sampling of the wildlife I’ve had the pleasure of monitoring:
It is a source of continual entertainment and fascination watching the wide variety of species which populate this property. At least it’s not all FOMO, sometimes it’s entertainment and education … But I still have an empty freezer. *sniff*