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Offline Tracker0721

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Trail camera only catching me?
« on: December 06, 2019, 08:09:37 AM »
Think my camera hates me. Iíve had it going since September in different spots, newest spot is my most active, few hundred pictures every couple days. But my last 2 checks thereís been nothing. Thereís pictures of me leaving- I always watch it and make sure I see it take a picture, and then pictures of me coming to get it. Also we got fresh snow. Thereís thousands of tracks, pee, poop, a scraped tree, and the food block is half gone in 4 days! But no pictures besides me leaving and coming back. So I used my card recovery thing which brings back deleted photos from the SD card and it found 3,000 pictures on my SD card going back to 2015 but not none between when I set it or picked it up!

Anyone else ever experience this? Itís even been warmer the last few days then it was when I was getting a hundred+ a night too.
May my presence go unnoticed, may my shot be true, may the blood trail be short.

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Re: Trail camera only catching me?
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2019, 08:30:58 AM »
What model camera?

I had a similar situation with my Stealthcam QS-14.  I mounted it to a fence about 10 feet from where a bear was repeatedly climbing over the fence into my chicken pen. 

One day I went out and the fence was smashed down so I knew the bear had come through.  I checked the camera and......NOTHING.  I should have had photos of the bear both coming and leaving.

In other situations and sets I have gotten photos of rabbits, racoons, and birds at 10-20 feet distance with the same camera.

I bought several of these cameras on sale for about $35 each.  I attribute the occasional "misses" as the result of buying cheap cameras.  Overall I have been very happy with these and just bought 4 more of the same model.  But I have had a couple times where I didn't get photos when I knew I should have.

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Re: Trail camera only catching me?
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2019, 08:53:32 AM »
Itís a moultrie m-880. It was like $150 in 2015 when I bought it. Only one other time have I had this happen and when I recovered the deleted photos there were all my pictures and some dude coming in and deleting them. But now itís not catching them. By the tracks Iíd say there were a couple dozen deer in there.
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Re: Trail camera only catching me?
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2019, 09:07:03 AM »
That does seem odd.  I've had thick fog/rain/snow do strange things to my cameras occasionally.  Or branch or leaves get in the way and block the motion sensor.  I've had a couple older cheaper cameras glitch out and/or shut off.  Doesn't sound like your problem would be from these causes though.

Maybe change your camera angle and see if a different angle or height makes it detect motion better.

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Re: Trail camera only catching me?
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2019, 09:09:28 PM »
As a newer camera does it have a sensitivity setting? I have used Moultrie cams for many years and have not had this issue. Seems a bit odd. Are the pics of you at the same distance the tracks? Angle would be the only thing I can think of you are taller than a deer and thus maybe pointed to high?

Hope you get it figured out cause we all like pics on our cams!! Good luck  :tup:

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Re: Trail camera only catching me?
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2019, 04:48:04 AM »
I figured this out about 10 years ago. And itís a huge issue with several brands that work great in warmer months , but as temps hit 30ís and below they have a hard time triggering on deer. I believe itís the heat emitted from people is why they seem to work fine , but deer are so insulated that they donít recognize them all the time .First time I was in a stand with 3 does in front of the cam for 30 min these deer were a mere few feet away. Before I left I checked it the only pics were me walking away and me checking it! This prompted me to start testing cams I hung 3 different models all on same trigger time and pics. It was pretty alarming what cams were not getting in a week. All 3 cams if they were hung solo and you checked them after a week you would think they worked perfect as they all had pics, but 1 cam had 200 more pics and a bear a buck that the 2 others never captured. I have a cam at the house right now thatís new and itís not triggering on deer all the time . I have the luxury of watching the deer in front of it. I write down the time I see deer and when I check the cam I see if it took a pic.

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Re: Trail camera only catching me?
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2019, 05:05:55 AM »
All 3 cams if they were hung solo and you checked them after a week you would think they worked perfect as they all had pics, but 1 cam had 200 more pics and a bear a buck that the 2 others never captured.

This is why it drives me crazy when people recommend the cheap crap cameras, they always say "i bought these cheap such and such for $40 each and they take great pics."  Yeah, thats great that the pics look nice, but that doesnt make it a good camera.  Its likely missing a lot of stuff.  From just flat out failure to detect, poor detection range, poor trigger recovery time etc.  People just dont think about this, and ive tried to explain it, but people ignore it.  I think they ignore it because they WANT to think their cheap crap is good.  Basically burying their head in the sand that theyre wasting money by buying a garbage product.  Regardless of what the pics look like, a camera isnt really doing you any good at all if its missing animals.  Its giving you faulty intel at that point.  Ive done this with numerous models and brands, hanging them side by side to compare.  Everybody loves the browning cams for example, and maybe the latest generations are better, but i wouldnt know because i wont buy them.  When they first started making cams reviews were great and prices were good so i bought a bunch.  Spec ops, strike force, range ops, dark force.  I thought they were good cams too until i hung some side by side with my bushnells.  In all temperature ranges the brownings would pretty regularly miss animals, well within their advertised detection range, that the bushnells picked up.  Im talking animals as big as elk and moose.  So i got rid of all my browning cams and havent tried any of the newer models.  Right now i have the new fancy stealth cam ds4k mounted next to a bushnell aggressor.  The stealth cam pics up bears, lions and deer just fine, but it regularly misses on small animals like skunks and bobcats.  Thats not such a big deal to me, but the brownings missing elk and moose? Come on now, thats just not a quality product.

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Re: Trail camera only catching me?
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2019, 05:17:02 AM »
I have gone rounds with several different brands too. Tried some cheaper ones from Blaze and Campark and have ok results. I know they miss stuff when there are fresh tracks but no pics. . Had a couple stealth cams they worked well but one completely quit this year and the other seems to be very picky about the brand of sd card now. If you were going to go buy five or 10 more Bango would you say you would go with the bushnell or the stealth cams? Any specific model? It doesnít seem like any of them are perfect but with the amount you have out And the tests youíve done I would feel like you have a pretty good opinion.

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Re: Trail camera only catching me?
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2019, 05:37:08 AM »
I know a lot of people bad mouth them, and maybe theres goid reason with older or cheaper models, but about a year ago i started testing out spypoint force 10 and force 11-d.  Also recently testing out the force dark.  I think theyre great cams, and they would be my recommendation.  I was picking up the force 11-d for about $90 but im not seeing them anywhere at that price any more.  But the force dark seems to (so far) be on par with the 11-d, but with a better case design, and supposedly something like a 36 month battety life, but time will tell on that one.  Force dark can be had on amazon for $110, and trailcampro has them on sale right now for that price.  And TCP gives a 2 year warranty, so id buy from them over amazon when the price is the same.
 Havent had time yet to tell about durability / life expectancy, but the performance of the cameras so far has been fantastic.  The picture quality isnt top notch, and depends a lot on lighting, but thats a secondary concern for me.  First and foremost i want to know what walked in front of the camera, and they dont miss a beat.  And their detection range is great.  I hung a couple up to test that and man i have gotten sd cards full of pics of animals far enough away that they look tiny.  And if you set the delay to "instant" (do not do that over salt or any kind of feed) it takes crazy rapid fire pictures, even from long distances.  Battery life on them is real good too.  Time will tell about their life expectancy though.  The one hiccup ive had with one so far was a force 10 that at the end of september, right when it started snowing, the date jumped back about 3 months to july or something.  Pretty weird.  I reset it last time i was there.  Now i have pics of my buck in the snow lip curling and chasing does in "september"

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Re: Trail camera only catching me?
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2019, 06:18:58 AM »
Some of my best performing cold weather cams are $50 wild game innovations . My buddy has around 30-40 of them . Always seem to work when cold

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Re: Trail camera only catching me?
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2019, 06:40:34 AM »
Thanks bango. I am going to order some and see what I am missing with the other ones. I had one of my cameras do the same thing but changed to July. I thought someone might have been messing with me but itís on private property and didnít see any sign of anyone.

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Re: Trail camera only catching me?
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2019, 07:45:52 AM »
I think wildgame innovations is the route Im going on my next cameras. Ive got several of the tascos out, they are without a doubt missing animals as well. The price is so low they I gave them a try, I wouldnt recommend them to anyone at this point though. Would love to try one of the wireless cell cameras but the price has me hesitant.

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Re: Trail camera only catching me?
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2019, 09:37:53 AM »
I've had issues with lenses fogging up/obscuring the sensor. I'd get a series of pics that got more blury/white. Then about a 10-12 hour period with no pics. Then a series of pics that got clearer. I wipe on some anti fog solution before hanging cams now.

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Re: Trail camera only catching me?
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2019, 03:51:03 PM »
Maybe it is the fog. My camera has pictures down to 0 degrees no problem and Iíve had it for 4 years. The area itís in has been covered in constant fog so maybe thatís it. I pulled the camera and it works fine set watching our dogs. Just a first for me! I might check out these other cameras!
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Re: Trail camera only catching me?
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2019, 04:34:20 PM »
My brother had a similar problem with a Moultray. We never figured it out and then a bear chomped it.

 


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