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#3417084 - 10/24/13 12:22 PM Re: Must Watch! Trail cam survey [Re: BSK]
Hunter 257W
10 Point

Registered: 10/04/12
Posts: 3522
Loc: Franklin County

 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: Hunter 257W
The IR cameras should still be good for established mineral licks I would think?

Deer will still tend to shy away from IR cams at salt licks, but the attractant does help. From my comparative data, older bucks come less often and stay less time at salt licks covered with IR cams versus black-flash, and by a HUGE margin.

Well, my observations sure align with what you are saying here BSK, as I seem to rarely get an older buck even at my established mineral sites. In the past it seemed like I got somewhat more older bucks with my old visible flash 35mm film cameras but never a lot by any means. And they rarely seemed to return more than maybe once after getting photographed.

Darn it, I hate spending money on better cameras that might get stolen though.........:(

Edited by Hunter 257W (10/24/13 12:23 PM)
Edit Reason: clarify

#3417328 - 10/24/13 02:35 PM Re: Must Watch! Trail cam survey [Re: Hunter 257W]
Jerkasourous of the non-typical kind

Registered: 03/11/99
Posts: 65979
Loc: Nashville, TN

I feel for you Hunter 257W. I don't know what I would do if there were high odds of my cameras "disappearing."
"Know where you stand, and stand there" --Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan

"There is no reasoning someone out of a position he has not reasoned himself into." --Clive James

#3424130 - 10/28/13 02:36 PM Re: Must Watch! Trail cam survey [Re: BSK]
Hunter 257W
10 Point

Registered: 10/04/12
Posts: 3522
Loc: Franklin County

Well, to be honest I don't know what the odds are but I did have one theft a few years back that got a camera, ladder stand and homemade feeder all in one fell swoop. That one left me a little hesitant to trust. \:\) I think we have things under better control now as far as strangers coming and going.

After reading here about the IR vs. blackflash cameras, I decided to take down all my cameras Saturday for the rest of hunting season. I see no point in risking spooking a mature buck off the place. I'll probably move forward with trying to mount my IR cameras high enough above the deers vision to work over mineral sights and watch sales for the cheaper black flash cameras for trails/scrapes next year.

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