If somebody has some legitimate techniques on how to use cameras and solutions to my perceived problems, I would love to hear it. Hope everyone is having a great season.
The use of trail cameras...advantage or disadvantage?
1. The one guys has many of them, like 15 or more and they are the higher end ones that he can view without pulling a card or going into the woods. I don't know much about them but I am guessing they are costly. He uses them exclusively for bow hunting. He watches them very close and when the buck appears that he is willing to take and the wind is correct he hunts and more often than not kills a dandy. He actually spends very few days on stand. (Right or wrong, I don't know. It's just the facts)
2. The second guys used to bow hunt a lot, and did good. But now he has trail cameras and to be honest he now spends more time dinking around with his cameras and doesn't get on stand. He sure has some nice pictures of big bucks but because he is spending so much time messing with his cameras he is probably scenting the place up and it never fails year after year the neighbors kill most of the bucks he has on the camera earlier in the year. (I wonder why they always move?)
So I am not saying if they are right or wrong but these are two situations I know of. For me I have found that less time on the same stand/area is probably more productive. I really like to watch the scent/wind because once you get busted, the spot is probably done.
I did have one older buck up north I shot that scented my trail near my camera. I had rubber boots on and thought I was scent free (as much as a guy can hope) and I checked the camera first, then sat in my stand. The buck came in and as soon as he hit my tracks in the snow he froze and started back pedaling. Luckily it was ML season and not bow season.
This is exactly what happened when I was using the cameras...for four years in a row!!! That is why I sold them all. Ignorance is bliss I guess. I just kept passing and passing, each year eating my tag.
I don't need to see the big bucks on camera to know they are out there. I either see them the first two weeks of archery in the marsh with binoculars or I get the report from the neighbors. The biggest bucks I have seen on our property have always been in the marsh, either in the cattails or in the red brush. There is really no place to put a camera in the marsh...there are no trees. I know they are there, that isn't the issue. I hear guys using these cameras to "pattern" big bucks. I however never have gotten pics of big deer in the daytime. This is why I am questioning the use of cameras to help me shoot a big mature buck.