Pennsylvania Game News - February 2012 - 55
Straight from the Bowstring
By Mike Raykovicz
Every deer hunter should invest in and use a trail camera (or several) in their chosen hunting area, as the results would probably offer some surprises.
Scout Smart, Scout Easy
HERE’S LITTLE DOUBT that technology has had a significant impact on the archery industry. The advent of compound bows changed archery forever and peripheral equipment, such as sights, rests, stabilizers and arrows have kept pace with that change. Today, hunters would no sooner go hunting without their GPS unit, scent blocker clothing, carbon arrows, or high intensity tracking lights as they would their bow and arrows. In today’s world, trail cameras have become part of that technology, and for many hunters they play a significant role in the outcome of a season. For that reason they are looked at as not just some technological add-on, but essential pieces of outdoor equipment. Trail cameras produce amazing photographs that people would normally never get to see. A bear feeding along the edge of a cornfield, or a previously unknown large antlered buck are not unusual subjects for a trail camera to capture. No one will argue that more archers hunt white-tailed deer than any other species, and countless hours are spent scouting for upcoming hunting seasons. Few would argue scouting is important for hunting success, but many just don’t have the time they may like. For hunters with limited time, trail cameras can provide the edge they need once hunting season begins. Trail cameras allow hunters to effectively and unobtrusively scout a hunting site without leaving a lot of game-spooking scent. Like silent sentinels, they dutifully monitor and record any intrusion into their assigned watch areas and, they do it faithfully. In addition to photographing game and taking video clips, some trail cameras provide additional information, such as the time of day, the temperature