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Question by RackAttack68. Uploaded on September 20, 2009
sorry your stuff got stolen your gonna have to bite the bullet on this one aint much you really can do
Unless you know who did it and can prove it I'm afraid you're SOL.
You can report it to the game warden and hope they find it...but gman is right...not a whole lot you can do now that it's gone.
Here are some tips to prevent camera theft though:
1) Try hiding your camera with brush as much as possible.
2) Buy a camera with an infrared flash (white flashes attract unwanted attention)
3) Get a camera lock box. It might not prevent your camera from being stolen, but it should keep honest people honest. A true thief will make a note of where it is and just come in with bolt cutters next time.
4) Buy one of the new cameras that send pictures directly to your computer. It may not prevent the theft, but you'll get a good picture of whomever is trespassing on your land, which may give your local game officer a good lead to finding your equipment.
5) NEVER put a trail cam on public land.
For the inventors out there, please invent some kind of anti-theft GPS device that broadcasts the location of your trail camera so you always know where to find it.
For the software producers out there...isn't there some way you can password protect trail cams so they cannot be accessed or used by people other than the purchaser?
Heck this is basic technology here...get on the ball trail cam companies and inventors!
put your name on the cameras, inside and out, put it where you least expect human traffic, camo with limbs and leaves best you can and lock with chain or cable. Once it's stolen it's gone, might be able to track it down if your name is on it.
I had one stolen last year. We mentioned it to the neighbors but they knew nothing about it, allegedly. Pretty weak to steal from a fellow hunter.
If there's a rash, let the authorities know. They may not ever catch up with the guy, but sometimes they're pretty canny.
this wont help your problem too much, but you could cover the next one with poison ivy/oak. fill all of the little cracks and crevases with the poison oil. just be sure to wear gloves whe you handle the camera yourself.
Curse profusely, it's about all you can do. Yeah, I'd report it, but the chances of recovery are super slim I'm afraid.
I can relate, I had 2 cameras stolen last year, I am sure it was a neighbor kid. Called the game warden, sheriff, and knocked on every door on the road. I was pissed. Never got em back. This year purchased 4 cheap o cameras, wrote on the face with Sharpie Marker, Propery of USDA, GPS tracking # 1137. They are in plain sight, still there. Might be gone since deer gun season is soon. I was tempted to purchase the actual GPS tracking device at locfal sams club and try and hide it inside the camera, you can then track it live on the internet. all for under 100 bucks.
I also made a camera stump. Hollowed out a log, drilled a hole for the shutter, turned off the flash, and stashed near the other camers, trying to catch the bastards.
So far. no luck
Maybe next years models will come with more safety features...best thing to do is write the companies...they're always looking for cutting edge ideas.
yes today sept 4th 2012 i will have everyone i know piss in a bottle and the hole hunting season i will ride my quad in that area and dump it so they cant get any thing
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