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Old 10-10-2014, 06:13 AM
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Originally Posted by jerry d
Not as consistent as you with your sarcasm. Apparently you thought it was directed at you.
It shouldn't have been directed at anybody. Everybody is free to give their opinion. That's what forums are all about.

Your posts in this thread have contributed nothing to the conversation. They were made to get a reaction, and that's the definition of trolling.
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:28 AM
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muley if you got a problem w/ me pm me don't drag thru the op thread
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Old 10-10-2014, 07:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Nomercy448
Regarding the use of game cameras:

Cameras don't lure trophy deer to the gun or the bow, they simply capture an image when SOMETHING triggers their sensors. If you don't have any fieldsmanship skills and don't do any scouting, you won't know where to hang the camera in the first place. While I do agree there are ways to use the camera to gain 'intel' that wouldn't be available by conventional scouting techniques, it's not really that powerful of an enabling technology. These things have sensor ranges of ~45-80ft usually, so if you don't place cameras somewhere that you know to have deer sign and activity, you won't see any deer. All it really does is give you a look at 1) what is passing through, 2) at what time, and 3) with what consistency. Other than confirming to a hunter that deer are passing through regularly, cameras really don't reduce any scouting load, or make it easier to find them. You still have to find the deer, the camera just lets you know how often/how regularly they are there.

Fieldsmanship and "hunting savvy" really aren't that hard, so when I see threads like this, my mind ultimately just sees them as an attempt to pretend that somebody is a mystical great hunter because they notice deer schit or rubbed branches, then sat down and waited. It's not like we're flying over with FLIR equipped drones and taking high resolution photos using "rack recognition software" to locate animals, or using comprehensive video surveillance or GPS locating technologies to track their movements, then just pointing a bow or rifle and clicking an easy button. Heck, there are many tried and true traditional hunting methods that require a LOT less "hunting savvy" that increase your hunting successes a lot more than using a trail camera, but folks seldom complain about those. It's really not that difficult to go out and successfully harvest deer - I'm no master hunter, but I've been successful at bringing in a few respectable trophies, and have been successful at filling my freezer and filling my belly on many years, with as little as a used rifle or a 50yr old heirloom recurve bow and walmart arrows. If I can be successful, then it obviously isn't THAT HARD.

More than anything, I love getting my trail camera images just out of an interest for the natural world. Even though my lifestyle and job has always afforded me a lot of freedom to enjoy the outdoors, it's just not possible to be everywhere at once. I'm the type that takes the time to marvel at the world around me whenever I'm in nature, so I appreciate that trail cameras can capture moments that I simply wasn't there to witness. I have photo series of a pair of 160"+ bucks fighting for over 30minutes straight, photo series of coons wrestling under a feeder, of a young buck "fighting" a skunk, of coyotes stalking a doe with a fawn, of a pheasant "roosting" temporarily in the antlers of a buck... And the list goes on... I'll run feeders or food plots and run cameras on spots in many years that I have no intention of hunting, just to capture the wildlife photos. Really marvelous stuff (to me at least) happens in nature, and the cameras are extra sets of eyes (and a photographic record to boot!!) to help me see even more of it.

I suppose one specific purpose I use my camera photos for is herd management. I have 500 acres of my own, but my family has ~17,000 acres of crop and pasture ground, much of which I manage these days, but upon which several of my family also hunts. That acreage envelopes a lot of deer, and over the last 20-30yrs, we've had certain 'conditions' like over hunting or funky genetics pop up in one spot or another, and having the cameras lets us keep a closer eye on the natural deer herds to help promote healthy populations of good quality animals. For example, we've had years where certain area only has younger bucks and low doe populations, but good food availability (bachelor pads), my family and I will "let them walk" and not hunt that area but will plant food plots to encourage doe migration to the area, and to let the bucks grow. Another area had a bit of a stagnating gene pool, good problem to have - great big bodies even at young ages, but really imbalanced racks. So we made an effort to knock out a few of the larger bucks in one season, which successfully left room for a few different bucks to come in the next seasons - WHICH WE LET WALK - to help diversify that gene pool. Granted, that required a lot of 'policing' to prevent uninvited hunters from screwing up our plan, but it worked.

I don't necessarily have an ethical stance in favor or against cameras or feeders or foodplots, or rifles or crossbows or box blinds or dogs or hunting apps or scent blocker or camo etc etc, - I've hunted very successfully when all I could afford was a box of ammo every other year to hunt with and my tags, and I've not found it legitimately EASIER to hunt because I own trail cameras, nor many of the other items available to me now that I'm able to enjoy the disposable income to afford some of them. For what it's worth, I'm not even convinced that FEEDERS really improve a hunters odds significantly (outside of farms) unless the overall food supply in the area is really lacking, as I've noticed that deer respond VERY differently to feeders even simply by moving them 20yrds in one direction or another. I also don't feel the need to take a stance on many of these issues, because I don't feel compelled to criticize others for how they hunt.
Whether you use cameras or not, like or dislike them this post,.IMO gives some excellent points .
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Old 10-10-2014, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by jerry d
muley if you got a problem w/ me pm me don't drag thru the op thread
I have a problem with anybody who comes to a thread to start trouble, and contribute nothing.
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Old 10-10-2014, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Muley Hunter
I have a problem with anybody who comes to a thread to start trouble, and contribute nothing.
Like I said PM me
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Old 10-10-2014, 07:52 AM
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Nothing left to say to you.


Sorry for the interruption guys.

Carry on.
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:04 AM
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Some times when out working cattle, especially in a circumstance where the activity is out of her normal routine, an old cow will find the stress of contact too much for her mind to bear and she'll lock up. Try as you might, she just won't move, she'll just spin in one spot or dig in her hooves and brace against all comers, despite best efforts to calm and comfort the old gal, and even though you most likely are working in her best interest.

The only solution, when these old heifers have this type of mental overload, is to let them be to calm down on their own, and waste the time to come back again later to fulfill whatever purpose was initially intended.
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Nomercy448
Some times when out working cattle, especially in a circumstance where the activity is out of her normal routine, an old cow will find the stress of contact too much for her mind to bear and she'll lock up. Try as you might, she just won't move, she'll just spin in one spot or dig in her hooves and brace against all comers, despite best efforts to calm and comfort the old gal, and even though you most likely are working in her best interest.

The only solution, when these old heifers have this type of mental overload, is to let them be to calm down on their own, and waste the time to come back again later to fulfill whatever purpose was initially intended.
LOL!! I get what your saying Nomercy.
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Old 10-10-2014, 10:28 AM
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When i was younger up until my 40's i enjoyed stalking had a lot of fun and did some good. Now its a ground blind and cameras to help me, hard for me to get around.
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Old 10-10-2014, 04:06 PM
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i dont use my cameras for scouting. I usually ride around with my Dad or a friend to scout for new stand locations. I only put them up after I place a new stand just to see whats already there. Not once have I moved a stand because no trophy deer ever showed up. I just like knowing if the deer are more active around said stand in the mornings or at night. No point waking up at 5am if the deer are only on camera 20 mins before sun down. Also no point walking through creepy swamp after dark wondering where the Coyotes are if all the deer are showing up right after sunrise.
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