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Trail Cam Photos: The 56 Best Wildlife Shots from Our 2012 Fall Contest (Round I)

Trail Cam Photos: The 56 Best Wildlife Shots from Our 2012 Fall Contest (Round I)

Bigfoot blasting through?????? You decide

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from dasmith wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

Trail Cams always show the coolest things !

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from TEAM REALTREE wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

# 49 looks like a jaguar

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from LTW wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

What happened to the cool IR photo of the big drop-tine buck?!?!

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from murdock32 wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

49 is odd, it has spots and a short tail with a black ring at the end like a linx????

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from Mitchell Pennabaker wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

49 is crazy!!!

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from Buckshott00 wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

#6 = spring peaper (tree frog) or something else close near the lens

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from Filson wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

That bigfoot one is sweet. I have a buddy who is 6'7" a few years ago we were camping, and he brought his monkey suit. Well around dark, when we were all hammered up a little he got it out and started walking near the edge of the woods by some other campers. Holly crap, all hell broke loose. It was one of the funniest things ever. Oh, the bigfoot pick looks like one of those Texas escaped monkeys from that research place. Or Bigfoot??

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from dudleyhow wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

On the big foot photo why is everything in focus except for big foot? kinda makes you wonder who's in the suit this time.

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from mpeterson wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

WHY IS PICTURE #5 YELLING AT ME??!?!?

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from mpeterson wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

#18 TOO!!!

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from TruthTeller wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

People dressing in bigfoots suits need to be careful, some crazy is likely to shoot you so that he can prove he's real.

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from Patrick Calliham wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

If that was indeed a bigfoot, why does he look like he's wearing a tutu? Wouldn't his legs be as hairy as his midriff?

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from Kenneth Kowalsky wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

The picture isn't a hoax or an escaped monkey; it clearly is an adolescent bear.

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from Douglas E. Egolf wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

#6 looks like it has mange, whatever the hell it is

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from Sanjuancb wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

#49 is definitely a bobcat. I don't know how in tarnation y'all are getting lynx or jaguar out of the picture...

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from Jonathan Ricks wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

LTW and others- I wondered the same thing... I've posted some pics in round II.

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from Mark Herse wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

This is a great photo (my favorite from Round 1). It seems like the contest is weighted towards deer and elk pictures :(

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Mark Herse - I saw a couple pictures you entered in round 2. Don't get discouraged because your badger pictures are awesome and I'm sure at least one of them will be a round 2 finalist.

I also think its cool that you got pictures of a black bears and mountain lions in Florida, and even though the story behind the picture is good, the critters in the pictures were not very photogenic. Keep in mind that photo contests are all about the picture, not the story behind the picture.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

#54 - Keep this one in mind folks the next time someone asks a question about how deer react to foxes.

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from isaiah1295 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

The fawn in the stream is a very cute fawn.today I saw a mom and two fawns trotting right at the mothers tail, it was also very cute.I live out in the country where there is a lot of corn,wheat,and soybeans.So I wanted to look and see if there was any thing over by the corn and there was the babies and the mom.It was so cute.

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from isaiah1295 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

The fawn in the stream is a very cute fawn.Today I saw a mom and two fawns trotting right at the mothers tail, it was also very cute.I live out in the country where there is a lot of corn,wheat,and soybeans.So I wanted to look and see if there was any thing over by the corn and there was the babies and the mom.It was so cute.

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from Larry Lawrence wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

My children (13f & 11m) and I love to put out our cameras on our place in Florida. It is always a hoot to see what is roaming our land! Turkeys, deer, coons, coyotes, stray dogs AND a few trespassers! This way we can get a better handle on the wild life and what we can do to help out with habitat! We acquire trees through the Dept of Forestry and plant them in strategic locations for best wildlife benefit. It is a good lesson for my children AND it always helps to see what you normally cannot see!

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from Larry Lawrence wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

My children (13f & 11m) and I love to put out our cameras on our place in Florida. It is always a hoot to see what is roaming our land! Turkeys, deer, coons, coyotes, stray dogs AND a few trespassers! This way we can get a better handle on the wild life and what we can do to help out with habitat! We acquire trees through the Dept of Forestry and plant them in strategic locations for best wildlife benefit. It is a good lesson for my children AND it always helps to see what you normally cannot see!

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from Mark Herse wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Bioguy, thanks for the comment and encouragement. You present a valid point - the picture is more important than the story. With that being said, lswanson, I still believe your picture is #1!

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

BioGuy and Mark, I think the F&S Editors look at the photo, the photo title and the written description, in choosing their top trail cam photos. In past F&S trail cam contest awesome photos with weak titles and descriptions were not picked. Nobody knows the answer but the F&S Editors and their not telling.

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Bioguy and Mark, Check out the 97 photos inside "The Field and Stream First Shot Photo Collection". These are all hand held camera photos from professional photographers and the Editors had a additional information, about this collection of 89 photos. Here it is word for word;

"This is a collection of jaw-dropping hunting and fishing photos from Field & Stream's "First Shots" magazine section, from 2008 to the present.

First Shots are visually arresting, intriguing, and sometimes humorous hunting or fishing photographs that run across two full-page spreads in every issue of F&S. They serve to showcase both the world of sportsmen and the talent of the magazine's contributing photographers, who submit some of their best work for the section.

Though the images sometimes speak for themselves, the short caption which accompanies a First Shot reveals more about the story behind the scene, the species of fish or game pictured, and the location where the photo was taken. Enjoy this collection of nearly 100 First Shots from the past four years".

Now Bioguy and Mark, check out the photo titles on these pictures. They are all awesome and fantastic titles. The Editors even stated, "the short caption which accompanies the First Shot Photo" It was posted back in April, the same time the Spring Round One Trail Cam Contest was posted.

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from kingofbirds wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

49 is odd, www.vogue-tec.com it has spots and a short tail with a black ring at the end like a linx????

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from Monika Boning P... wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

#31 explains the "Bigfoot" photo pretty well, I think.

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from LTW wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

What happened to the cool IR photo of the big drop-tine buck?!?!

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from Kenneth Kowalsky wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

The picture isn't a hoax or an escaped monkey; it clearly is an adolescent bear.

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from Sanjuancb wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

#49 is definitely a bobcat. I don't know how in tarnation y'all are getting lynx or jaguar out of the picture...

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Mark Herse - I saw a couple pictures you entered in round 2. Don't get discouraged because your badger pictures are awesome and I'm sure at least one of them will be a round 2 finalist.

I also think its cool that you got pictures of a black bears and mountain lions in Florida, and even though the story behind the picture is good, the critters in the pictures were not very photogenic. Keep in mind that photo contests are all about the picture, not the story behind the picture.

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from dasmith wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

Trail Cams always show the coolest things !

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from TEAM REALTREE wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

# 49 looks like a jaguar

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from murdock32 wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

49 is odd, it has spots and a short tail with a black ring at the end like a linx????

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from Mitchell Pennabaker wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

49 is crazy!!!

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from Buckshott00 wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

#6 = spring peaper (tree frog) or something else close near the lens

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from Filson wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

That bigfoot one is sweet. I have a buddy who is 6'7" a few years ago we were camping, and he brought his monkey suit. Well around dark, when we were all hammered up a little he got it out and started walking near the edge of the woods by some other campers. Holly crap, all hell broke loose. It was one of the funniest things ever. Oh, the bigfoot pick looks like one of those Texas escaped monkeys from that research place. Or Bigfoot??

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from dudleyhow wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

On the big foot photo why is everything in focus except for big foot? kinda makes you wonder who's in the suit this time.

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from mpeterson wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

WHY IS PICTURE #5 YELLING AT ME??!?!?

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from mpeterson wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

#18 TOO!!!

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from TruthTeller wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

People dressing in bigfoots suits need to be careful, some crazy is likely to shoot you so that he can prove he's real.

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from Patrick Calliham wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

If that was indeed a bigfoot, why does he look like he's wearing a tutu? Wouldn't his legs be as hairy as his midriff?

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from Douglas E. Egolf wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

#6 looks like it has mange, whatever the hell it is

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from Jonathan Ricks wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

LTW and others- I wondered the same thing... I've posted some pics in round II.

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from Mark Herse wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

This is a great photo (my favorite from Round 1). It seems like the contest is weighted towards deer and elk pictures :(

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

#54 - Keep this one in mind folks the next time someone asks a question about how deer react to foxes.

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from isaiah1295 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

The fawn in the stream is a very cute fawn.today I saw a mom and two fawns trotting right at the mothers tail, it was also very cute.I live out in the country where there is a lot of corn,wheat,and soybeans.So I wanted to look and see if there was any thing over by the corn and there was the babies and the mom.It was so cute.

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from isaiah1295 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

The fawn in the stream is a very cute fawn.Today I saw a mom and two fawns trotting right at the mothers tail, it was also very cute.I live out in the country where there is a lot of corn,wheat,and soybeans.So I wanted to look and see if there was any thing over by the corn and there was the babies and the mom.It was so cute.

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from Larry Lawrence wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

My children (13f & 11m) and I love to put out our cameras on our place in Florida. It is always a hoot to see what is roaming our land! Turkeys, deer, coons, coyotes, stray dogs AND a few trespassers! This way we can get a better handle on the wild life and what we can do to help out with habitat! We acquire trees through the Dept of Forestry and plant them in strategic locations for best wildlife benefit. It is a good lesson for my children AND it always helps to see what you normally cannot see!

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from Larry Lawrence wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

My children (13f & 11m) and I love to put out our cameras on our place in Florida. It is always a hoot to see what is roaming our land! Turkeys, deer, coons, coyotes, stray dogs AND a few trespassers! This way we can get a better handle on the wild life and what we can do to help out with habitat! We acquire trees through the Dept of Forestry and plant them in strategic locations for best wildlife benefit. It is a good lesson for my children AND it always helps to see what you normally cannot see!

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from Mark Herse wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Bioguy, thanks for the comment and encouragement. You present a valid point - the picture is more important than the story. With that being said, lswanson, I still believe your picture is #1!

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

BioGuy and Mark, I think the F&S Editors look at the photo, the photo title and the written description, in choosing their top trail cam photos. In past F&S trail cam contest awesome photos with weak titles and descriptions were not picked. Nobody knows the answer but the F&S Editors and their not telling.

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Bioguy and Mark, Check out the 97 photos inside "The Field and Stream First Shot Photo Collection". These are all hand held camera photos from professional photographers and the Editors had a additional information, about this collection of 89 photos. Here it is word for word;

"This is a collection of jaw-dropping hunting and fishing photos from Field & Stream's "First Shots" magazine section, from 2008 to the present.

First Shots are visually arresting, intriguing, and sometimes humorous hunting or fishing photographs that run across two full-page spreads in every issue of F&S. They serve to showcase both the world of sportsmen and the talent of the magazine's contributing photographers, who submit some of their best work for the section.

Though the images sometimes speak for themselves, the short caption which accompanies a First Shot reveals more about the story behind the scene, the species of fish or game pictured, and the location where the photo was taken. Enjoy this collection of nearly 100 First Shots from the past four years".

Now Bioguy and Mark, check out the photo titles on these pictures. They are all awesome and fantastic titles. The Editors even stated, "the short caption which accompanies the First Shot Photo" It was posted back in April, the same time the Spring Round One Trail Cam Contest was posted.

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from kingofbirds wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

49 is odd, www.vogue-tec.com it has spots and a short tail with a black ring at the end like a linx????

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from Monika Boning P... wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

#31 explains the "Bigfoot" photo pretty well, I think.

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Additional Info

These are the editors picks for the best photos from the first round of this year's Fall Trail Cam Photo Contest. With more than 400 submissions, it wasn't easy to whittle it down.

Congrats to users LetThemGrow and Kurt Kraeplin who each win a Bushnell Trophy Cam HD (MSRP: $323.95)! And congrats to Josh Gimlin, who came in third place and gets a Bushnell X-8 Trail Cam (MSRP: $222.95).  

Once all four rounds are complete, a grand prize will be awarded to the photo we choose as the best from the whole contest. The grand prize pack includes a Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 4.5-14x44 MilDot Rifle Scope (MSRP: $453.95), a pair of Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Binoculars (MSRP: $412.95) and a Bushnell G-Force 1300 ARC Laser Rangefinder (MSRP: $605.95). The total value of the grand prize pack is over $1,400! 

There are still tons of prizes to give away, so enter your photos in Round II of our Fall Trail Cam Contest now!