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July 30, 2008

BuckTracker: Back In the Picture

By Scott Bestul

I’m messing with trail cameras again. There are, as we all know, folks who run a circuit of scouting cams like some men run trap lines. I’ll admit I’ve never been one of them, and I can’t really explain why. Laziness is my best guess. Cameras got big about a decade ago, and my wife and I had our hands full with newborn twins. Maybe I didn’t want to add one more thing to my already-heaping plate? I honestly can’t remember.

I know this much: I have never counted myself in the crowd that says cameras are unethical or, somehow, cheating. Snapping a buck’s picture is like finding one piece of a thousand-part puzzle, not a visual slam dunk that puts your tag on him. And as for a scout cam spooking a buck, I have no doubt of that possibility and, indeed, have seen it happen. But will that event blow him out of his core area? Doubtful, unless you place the thing in a sensitive area (for the buck, of course) and you’re running in there every other day and mucking about.

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But for me there has never been any doubt that candid shots of whitetails are simply cool. So I decided to get a little more serious this summer about getting some. I read up on some tactics. Talked to some scout-cam freaks and took notes. And then I started sticking cameras out. I made a few dumb mistakes and corrected them. Took some neat photos of does, fawns and young bucks. And then, this week, the buck below. I nicknamed him Hollywood because he posed in front of my StealthCam six times and gave me multiple views of his antlers. Of course he’s no world-beater, but for my neighborhood he’s awful handsome. And know what? On a hot summer day, with bow season 49 long days away, it just makes me happy knowing he’s out there. Even if I never see him again…

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from Scott in Ohio wrote 5 years 36 weeks ago

Scott,Regarding your comment:"I read up on some tactics, talked to some scout-cam freaks and took notes...I made a few dumb mistakes and corrected them."Would you mind sharing your Top-Ten tips and lessons-learned on placing or locating a trail-cam with the rest of us? I just got a lightly used trail camera and haven't had the time to put it out but I bet a lot of other folks would appreciate your suggestions so that we can take some good photos too.Thanks!Scott in Ohio

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from Scott in Ohio wrote 5 years 37 weeks ago

Scott,regarding your comment:"I read up on some tactics. Talked to some scout-cam freaks and took notes...I made a few dumb mistakes and corrected them."Would you mind sharing your Top-Ten tips and mistakes with the rest of us? I just got a used trail camera and havent had the time to put it out but I bet a lot of other folks would appreciate your comments.Scott in Ohio

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from Chip wrote 5 years 37 weeks ago

I've yet to hang my first trailcam but my curiosity is just about to get the better of me. Scouted some excellent locations this weekend and it sure would be useful to know for certain what's moving around there.

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from Scott wrote 5 years 38 weeks ago

Not really on the trail cam topic, but on the buck topic, I've been seeing more and more bucks lately at wierd times. There will be like 6 of them parading around at noon when I'm on my way to lunch. Then when I get off at 4ish they are still out in that field. Then across the street I've seen a sixer and a doe, then a few days later I saw a spike, once again in the middle of a field in the middle of a 100 degree day. Its making me antsy!

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from Scott in Ohio wrote 5 years 36 weeks ago

Scott,Regarding your comment:"I read up on some tactics, talked to some scout-cam freaks and took notes...I made a few dumb mistakes and corrected them."Would you mind sharing your Top-Ten tips and lessons-learned on placing or locating a trail-cam with the rest of us? I just got a lightly used trail camera and haven't had the time to put it out but I bet a lot of other folks would appreciate your suggestions so that we can take some good photos too.Thanks!Scott in Ohio

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from Scott in Ohio wrote 5 years 37 weeks ago

Scott,regarding your comment:"I read up on some tactics. Talked to some scout-cam freaks and took notes...I made a few dumb mistakes and corrected them."Would you mind sharing your Top-Ten tips and mistakes with the rest of us? I just got a used trail camera and havent had the time to put it out but I bet a lot of other folks would appreciate your comments.Scott in Ohio

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from Chip wrote 5 years 37 weeks ago

I've yet to hang my first trailcam but my curiosity is just about to get the better of me. Scouted some excellent locations this weekend and it sure would be useful to know for certain what's moving around there.

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from Scott wrote 5 years 38 weeks ago

Not really on the trail cam topic, but on the buck topic, I've been seeing more and more bucks lately at wierd times. There will be like 6 of them parading around at noon when I'm on my way to lunch. Then when I get off at 4ish they are still out in that field. Then across the street I've seen a sixer and a doe, then a few days later I saw a spike, once again in the middle of a field in the middle of a 100 degree day. Its making me antsy!

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