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Offline Tenkara

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Re: looking to buy a trail cam
« Reply #25 on: November 04, 2017, 02:44:11 PM »
I've had nothing but bad luck with Bushnell and cuddeback cams, I have been using a variety of moultrie cams, a30i which are ok, have had great luck with 999i and 888, 888i, i have 12 moutrie cams now and plan on sticking with moultrie.  :twocents:

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Re: looking to buy a trail cam
« Reply #26 on: November 05, 2017, 06:22:35 AM »
Surprised at the Bushnell bashing on this thread.  I'm on the wet side and mine stay out year around.  I've had great success with several Bushnell models.  My longest running camera is an old Bushnell that is over 15 years old. 

I have Reconyx, Bushnell and Primos.  Out of 3 Primos cameras, one lasted more than six months.  That one Primos is on it's second winter and has a little glitchiness to the night videos. 
The Reconyx is top of the line.  At $650/ea, they should be flawless and deliver.  Reconyx requires a number code to use.  All trail cameras should require a code.  All correspondence with trail camera manufacturers should include a request for a use code on future models.  This would nearly eliminate motivation for theft.
Bushnell Aggressors have become my go-to camera.  They are moderately priced, take good pictures, super fast photo trigger speed, take good video (3 second trigger speed delay on video), really good range detection, have a hybrid photo/video option. 

Pick a decent camera to start with and avoid mix and match accessories.  Use a lock box.  Any camera without a box is asking to be removed.  A lock box also makes it super easy to get the camera back on target after swapping cards.

Most camera problems are battery or SD card related.  Use lithium batteries.  Don't mix SD cards with other camera brands.  Format your SD cards when changing them out. 

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Re: looking to buy a trail cam
« Reply #27 on: November 05, 2017, 07:13:44 AM »
Sorry if this seems dumb, I don't want to lose time and money on my own assumptions.

I keep reading about all the cameras that are found and stolen. Is this because they emit a flash or other detectable sign that humans can locate easily. It just seems so counter-intuitive what should be so difficult to find are so often stolen.


Personally I think that the majority of "stolen" cams has to do with folks using the cheesy web strap provided with the cam to hang it.  More than likely, a lot of the supposable "stolen" cams were actually taken down by a bear or elk, they mess with them constantly.

Do yourself a favor, use a security box, screw it to the tree, and use a Python cable. This setup is not completely theft proof(nothing is) but makes it a lot harder for a thief.

I run 15 cams every year and have never had 1 stolen (knock on wood) Also. put em up high out of human line of sight

I'll bet you're correct. I found my Spypoint IR7 on the ground with the strap pulled through the buckle, but still Cobra cabled to the tree. I initially thought it was attempted theft. Now I believe the elk in the attached photo pulled it down. This photo was taken at 45 degrees off vertical (so after it was pulled off the tree), I rotated it back to vertical on Photoshop. The dates were completely out of wack, but the problem was solved with a new clock battery. This camera has survived 5 years of rain, heat, cold off and on...and now a playful animal.


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