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as a way to "pattern" game before the
season. Some hunters use them to try
to do this, but I've found that wildlife
is too unpredictable. Food sources
change, game gets bumped into another
area by hunters, the breeding season alters routines, and many other variables
kick in. I do like seeing what deer, especially bucks, are passing the lens and,
in season, wondering if any of the recognizable ones the camera "captured"
will appear
during daylight hunting
hours.
The first
year I had
a trail camera, a friend
shot the biggest buck of
his life on
my property,
which is in
the Game
Commission's
Hunter Access program.
Had we "scouted" it beforehand with
the camera? Not at all. The buck he
shot on the opener of deer season
hadn't been seen by anyone around
here before that day. My neighbor
watched the big-racked whitetail cross
his field after some shots on the far
hill. The deer was a newcomer that
no one, not even the trail camera, had
uncovered.
I read in a recent Game News issue
that the Game Commission is using
trail cameras for law enforcement, an
intriguing and evidently effective tool.
The only people who show up on my
trail camera are me or my friends and
neighbors. I can't resist mugging in
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front of the lens, with a big smile and a
wave, and sometimes they can't either.
At other times, I just know who's walking through to hunt or pick berries, so
I can call and ask them how they did.
Mostly the trail camera has been
useful for remote wildlife watching and
answering the question: "What's been
hanging around my place at night?" I've
gotten glimpses of wildlife I don't usually see during the day and only hear after dark, such
as raccoons
squabbling.
The camera told me
that a family of three
was raiding
my small orchard. I also
have a red fox
that regularly
wanders by in
the wee small
hours.
The trail
camera has
satisfied my curiosity about local wildlife activity in different seasons of the
year, as well as presented questions
to ponder. The camera is located to
watch a deer trail that goes from the
woods, which drop game-attracting
acorns in the fall, through the orchard,
where wildlife gleans fruit in autumn
and munches tender branch tips in
winter, past the blackberry and other
bushes that make spring browse and
out into the neighbor's cornfields for
summertime treats. Bucks usually open
a scrape under one of the apple trees'
low-hanging limbs and I reposition
the trail camera to see them use that
scent post.
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