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Re: How long before you pull trail cam.
« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2023, 10:49:30 PM »
Perfect example is where I have a cam now on salt. I can watch almost a square mile of CRP. There is 10-12 bucks that feed right up the ridge where the cam is anywhere from feet to 200 yards from it and only 2 in a month have hit it. Now if you didnt have the luxury of glassing a spot and knowing what's there you would think your spot was crappy. In late July if I dump feed all those bucks will show. Another example I was targeting a big buck and I had him on 1 cam, so I started fanning cams out from that 1 cam to try and figure out his core area and that big buck never hit any of the other cams and they were 200 yards away. What was eye opening is after 2 months and a mere couple hundred yards I had completely different bucks on some cams and some would never hit the others. Then you can toss some of it all out the window with some bucks as they will move in September or October.

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Re: How long before you pull trail cam.
« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2023, 09:20:00 AM »
As stated above, 30 day minimum. But usually longer than that. I also use loose salt opposed to blocks. I swear big bucks know those blocks arenít natural.


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Re: How long before you pull trail cam.
« Reply #17 on: June 12, 2023, 03:25:08 PM »
The blocks take time, something a mature critter is very aware.  Loose is hit and run, should use it for all supplementation and it is easy to add the other little things they need

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Re: How long before you pull trail cam.
« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2023, 03:47:35 PM »
Never used blocks as they are easier to see by thieves stealing cams and they are a pain in the ass to pack . Bag is far easier , less visibility and gets into the ground easier

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Re: How long before you pull trail cam.
« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2023, 03:48:34 PM »
Never used blocks as they are easier to see by thieves stealing cams and they are a pain in the ass to pack . Bag is far easier , less visibility and gets into the ground easier
And itís way easier to divvy up a bag between 3 different sets than it is a block


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Re: How long before you pull trail cam.
« Reply #20 on: June 12, 2023, 03:56:58 PM »
Just checked a cam today ,month and half ,7500 photos,every photo has a deer or elk in it.
Seems like the blocks work ok to me.
I cut blocks into quarter,some of my spots I have used loose salt before.
Elk or moose will eat it in a week.,unless your dumping a 50lb sack.
I have one spot that only gets alot of deer traffic,they eat one 50lb block a year.

I do agree with you all on a month or two for first setups.
This spot just had alot of human activity,not one animal in 5 days.
I ended up moving it. Hopefully a better location. Will know in a month or two.
But will say the spot I moved it too ,there was two deer watching me setup.
So I feel alot better about the new spot vs the first spot.
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Re: How long before you pull trail cam.
« Reply #21 on: June 12, 2023, 04:11:44 PM »
My first time running cams on the east side I picked up deer straight away. I checked it 2x weeks after setting with corn/salt stone. Other cams I put out I left for longer and eventually got game on them within the month.

From the limited experience I have with running cams, I've found the "natural" rock stones found at feed stores are more productive than your "salt lick" composite type bricks. I was running a salt stone and corn last year that did much better than the "deer feed" labeled items and salt products I also had out.

The cams I had out last season that had good animals on them I left out over winter and will go check here shortly for the upcoming season. I've been reading "Blood in the Tracks" and one of the biggest take aways I got from that book is to start your scouting for next season the day after you shoot your deer of the current season. So as soon as I got done hanging my deer last year I went right back to where I shot him and reset all my cams cards and batteries for a long fall/winter soak.

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Re: How long before you pull trail cam.
« Reply #22 on: June 12, 2023, 04:19:12 PM »
Perfect example is where I have a cam now on salt. I can watch almost a square mile of CRP. There is 10-12 bucks that feed right up the ridge where the cam is anywhere from feet to 200 yards from it and only 2 in a month have hit it. Now if you didnt have the luxury of glassing a spot and knowing what's there you would think your spot was crappy. In late July if I dump feed all those bucks will show. Another example I was targeting a big buck and I had him on 1 cam, so I started fanning cams out from that 1 cam to try and figure out his core area and that big buck never hit any of the other cams and they were 200 yards away. What was eye opening is after 2 months and a mere couple hundred yards I had completely different bucks on some cams and some would never hit the others. Then you can toss some of it all out the window with some bucks as they will move in September or October.
Yup ,the cam I went to today is exactly what you said.
Nice animals all year ,except September,October,November, they will not come back till December.
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Re: How long before you pull trail cam.
« Reply #23 on: June 12, 2023, 04:21:04 PM »
Sometimes it has taken a month or two before i got a big buck or bull on my cameras. This time of the year can be spotty for activity. Usually around the beginning of july i get alot more activity.

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Re: How long before you pull trail cam.
« Reply #24 on: June 12, 2023, 06:46:31 PM »
I donít divy up salt, itís 50lbs at a time at every cam. One cam Iím almost 150lbs in this year Ö moose and elk eat a lot

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Re: How long before you pull trail cam.
« Reply #25 on: June 12, 2023, 08:51:43 PM »
Is salt only a temp thing? While they are growing antlers?

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Re: How long before you pull trail cam.
« Reply #26 on: June 12, 2023, 09:02:58 PM »
I switch to feed mid July if I want pics. Antler growth and milk production plus all the browse they eat until it drys out is full of water washing out the sodium in their system. why you get lotta pics early  and it tapers as summer progresses as heat drys out vegetation.

we notice our goats consume more minerals in the spring as their field lush green and full of water.

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Re: How long before you pull trail cam.
« Reply #27 on: June 12, 2023, 11:01:14 PM »
I donít divy up salt, itís 50lbs at a time at every cam. One cam Iím almost 150lbs in this year Ö moose and elk eat a lot
Yup ,that's what I mean.
It's alot.
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Re: How long before you pull trail cam.
« Reply #28 on: June 13, 2023, 12:26:41 AM »
I have noticed if you put blocks out and there are cattle in the area they will find your salt blocks and camp out. :bash: :bash:
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Re: How long before you pull trail cam.
« Reply #29 on: June 27, 2023, 04:27:22 PM »
I set 6 cams on 6/18, a couple days later I was OnX scouting and found a spot I wanted to put a cam. Yesterday I decided to go pull 1 of my 6 that I didn't really like its positioning to begin with and relocate it to a new spot. Before taking the cam down I checked the SD card and found a buck, a bear and a few does have passed by in just the first week. That cameras isn't going anywhere. I'll check it again a few days before the 8/1 bear opener.

 


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