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velvetfvr
06-17-2012, 02:39 PM
I have one and have never used it since no need. Are they a good thing to have like to keep it around in case I find something I want to check? I never found a spot or really wanted to set one up. Should I keep it or should I sell it? I am thinking of selling it so I can start buying stuff for tuning bows? Thanks!

Drhorsepower
06-17-2012, 02:49 PM
What is it, I'm interested,

P.s. they are worthless so you should sell it.

tdub24
06-17-2012, 03:15 PM
I have one and have never used it since no need. Are they a good thing to have like to keep it around in case I find something I want to check? I never found a spot or really wanted to set one up. Should I keep it or should I sell it? I am thinking of selling it so I can start buying stuff for tuning bows? Thanks!

I am still on the fence. My buddies use them for archery deer in 7 and they give you a general idea on times of watering and quality of animals. So in that aspect they are not too bad. Whether or not those animals will be there come season is another story. I just enjoy getting off the couch and hitting the mountain instead of letting a camera do all the work even though knowing watering times is helpful. Like I said, on the fence. Happy hunting!

velvetfvr
06-17-2012, 03:27 PM
I am still on the fence. My buddies use them for archery deer in 7 and they give you a general idea on times of watering and quality of animals. So in that aspect they are not too bad. Whether or not those animals will be there come season is another story. I just enjoy getting off the couch and hitting the mountain instead of letting a camera do all the work even though knowing watering times is helpful. Like I said, on the fence. Happy hunting!
This is where I am stuck, I really don't want to give it up because it is nice but then again where I hunt, I basically go out for one scouting trip then hunting so really it does nothing for me. It is a bushnell trophy cam, not the bone collector edition. It looks new and works fine just I don't really have a need for it. Will see what others think before I make the decision to sell.

RUTTIN
06-18-2012, 07:14 AM
I use mine for more than just hunting too. Had one of the neighbors dogs doing it's business on my lawn, both neighbors said it was not their dog. Put up the game cam, got pictures of the culprit, and made the right neighbor come pick up all the dog crap. So you may want to think about keeping it for other reasons too.

Elkoholic307
06-18-2012, 08:08 AM
You should definitely keep it. Go out in the hills, find a well used trail and set it up. You'll be glad you did.

I would be lost without my trail cams. The amount of info they give you is incredible.

nvarcher
06-18-2012, 10:16 AM
I use mine for more than just hunting too. Had one of the neighbors dogs doing it's business on my lawn, both neighbors said it was not their dog. Put up the game cam, got pictures of the culprit, and made the right neighbor come pick up all the dog crap. So you may want to think about keeping it for other reasons too.
That is so awesome!!! hahaha

Drhorsepower
06-18-2012, 10:31 AM
Yes, you don't need it. How much do you want for it?

velvetfvr
06-18-2012, 04:15 PM
The problem is I don't visit my hunting spots frequently. I hunt in the middle of the state and is 5 1/2 hours away from my house one way! So I don't like to leave it out there for either a month or 2 or a whole year.

velvetfvr
06-18-2012, 04:15 PM
Yes, you don't need it. How much do you want for it?
Wait a minute buddy! I am not set on selling or keeping yet so you will have to wait! LOL!

BKC
06-18-2012, 04:22 PM
I use mine for more than just hunting too. Had one of the neighbors dogs doing it's business on my lawn, both neighbors said it was not their dog. Put up the game cam, got pictures of the culprit, and made the right neighbor come pick up all the dog crap. So you may want to think about keeping it for other reasons too.
I don't own one but i heard they work good as a security camera on your jobsite. Maybe you can at least get a license plate or a description of someone ripping off your jobsite.Also they are a great way to keep track of when your employees show up for work if you can't be there first thing in the morning!:p

Fink
06-18-2012, 08:09 PM
The problem is I don't visit my hunting spots frequently. I hunt in the middle of the state and is 5 1/2 hours away from my house one way! So I don't like to leave it out there for either a month or 2 or a whole year.

Buy an 8 or 16 GB card and some lithium batteries, and your camera will be good for a long time. That Bushnell is the small camera, right, and it's ifrared, not flash? If so, I'd think if you brushed it in a little, nobody would ever find it. An 8 GB card will go a long ways.. I use 2GB cards on all my cameras, and they are over salt licks, and other high activity places, and it still takes longer than 2 months to fill the card. A 2GB card on your highest setting should be good for at least 2,000 pictures.

Fink
06-18-2012, 08:11 PM
Also, you might consider a security box. They usually run $25-50... Not bad if your really worried about losing a $200 rig.
http://www.cabelas.com/trail-cameras-bushnell-trophy-cam-security-case-1.shtml?WT.tsrc=CSE&WT.mc_id=GoogleProductAds&WT.z_mc_id1=03006541&rid=40&mr:trackingCode=901A5DCC-958E-DF11-A0C8-002219318F67&mr:referralID=NA&mr:adType=pla&mr:ad=5855052504&mr:keyword={keyword}

velvetfvr
06-18-2012, 09:32 PM
Yeah, not worried about it getting stolen and think it is infared? The only way I see it useful is if I get a elk tag so it can get me a idea of game. I know exactly where the deer and pronghorn are when I hunt.


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Elkoholic307
06-22-2012, 09:13 AM
The only way I see it useful is if I get a elk tag so it can get me a idea of game.

I have an idea of the game that's in my area. Getting a tag is another story...

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t70/tj_vanderploeg/PICT0046.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t70/tj_vanderploeg/PICT0117.jpg

BobcatJerry
06-23-2012, 03:13 PM
I find using a camera to be a lot of fun, almost as fun as hunting, just to see what you can get on it. It's awesome to look at thousands of pics then all of a sudden a huge buck shows up in one of them that you have never seen. I also use them to keep tabs on who is entering the property. Neighbor told me once he didn't coon hunt during deer gun season, which is illegal to boot, so I told him he looked good with his black and tans on my video camera. Someday one of us will get a pic of Bigfoot. lol Keep it.

dihardhunter
07-27-2012, 08:30 PM
I think they can be very valuable. I've attached a link (http://www.skinnymoose.com/outdoorsmorgasbord/2012/04/16/gear-spotlight-bushnell-trophy-cam/)to the trail cam set-up I use. It's a Bushnell Trophy Cam only carrying half a payload of Lithium AA batteries. Leaves me enough room to squeeze in 2 mini-bungees to the rest of the battery compartment. Can serve as an extra pair of eyes if I have a couple different watering holes or wallows to watch. I sit at one, camera watches the other.

dihardhunter
07-27-2012, 08:32 PM
Oh, forgot to mention that the entire set-up weighs under 11 ounces. In early season, it still lets me stay lightweight.

Iowahunter
08-27-2012, 01:14 PM
The problem is I don't visit my hunting spots frequently. I hunt in the middle of the state and is 5 1/2 hours away from my house one way! So I don't like to leave it out there for either a month or 2 or a whole year.

Not sure what you have? Hunting buddy and I have Bushnell Trophy Cams and a couple Cuddbacks. The Bushnells will last 6 months or better. I'd say in the mountains you'd have a pretty slim chance of getting it stolen. Here in IA you gotta be kind of sneaky where you put it but that said, we've only had 1 stolen in 5 yrs and we've had out 7 of them most of the time

mnhunter
08-27-2012, 02:19 PM
I think they could definately be helpful elk hunting, especially if you can't be out scouting. Set a couple up on game trails/mineral licks/wallows to try and get an idea what is going on. At least then you would have an idea what you are dealing with if you haven't been able to get out scouting, or don't know the area as well.

mcseal2
08-27-2012, 05:56 PM
One thing I like about the trail cams is they can help keep me from shooting an immature buck. If I have good pictures of a buck I can get an idea of his age. Then if he walks out at the very end of shooting light I already have him judged as one I should take or not. It can be hard to tell in a hurry in fading light.