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Use Trail Cameras for Public Land Deer Day 4: What about Trail Camera Problems for Deer

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Editor’s Note: Michael Perry of Vinemont, Alabama, a longtime, successful public-land deer hunter who’s taken more than 79 bucks on public lands through the years, with 38 of them being 8-pointers or better, explains, “My trail cameras are an integral part of my scouting program.” But Perry doesn’t use trail cameras like most deer hunters do. He’s only taken four bucks that he’s seen previously on trail camera pictures before he’s taken them. Perry says, “Most of these bucks I’ve taken, especially the most mature bucks, I’ve never seen before I’ve released my arrow or squeezed my trigger. However, my trail cameras have told me the trails are where those mature bucks are most likely to be.”

Another question I’m often asked about trail cameras is, “How do you keep your trail cameras from being stolen?” You can’t. Although I use metal lock boxes and power cable locks, someone cut a cable one time and stole one of my cameras. However, over the years I’ve been hunting, I’ve only had problems with four or five trail cameras being stolen.

I don’t worry as much about people stealing my cameras as I do about deer spotting them. I place them very high—as high as I can reach—or very low on a tree. I never hang my cameras waist-high. I use a stick to point the camera down or up at the angle I want it to take the picture.

I don’t try to hide my cameras. I may put sticks or leaves around them to keep them from standing out like red lights. But if you try to hide a camera too well and a high wind occurs, those leaves or twigs will swing low in front of your lens. Then your camera will fire. Instead of getting pictures of deer, you’ll have photos of sticks and leaves. I put my cameras on trees large enough that a deer can’t spot the silhouette of the camera.

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