Long story short - it's been a hectic spring/summer/fall.
I finally got some cameras put out 4 weeks ago at our 3 stands up in Douglas Co. Got too busy with other things until yesterday. My son wants to do the youth hunt next weekend, so yesterday was the last day I had.
Got to the first stand, evicted some spiders and swept out the acorn shells. Went to check the camera - opened it up and the switch was OFF. I'm thinking it's 50:50 I forgot to turn it on vs some jerk wandering through and messing with me. Chip was still in it, so I swapped them out. Headed to the next stand.
Opened up THAT camera, switch was OFF. Now I'm 99% sure someone was messing with the cameras. No way I forget to turn 2 of them on. Swapped out chips.
Headed to the 3rd stand - that camera was on the far side of the property, it was ON. Shut it off, swapped chips, turned it on, headed out. I don't have a portable reader, and I needed to get home.
2 hours later, I have my stuff put away. Fired up the laptop. Popped the first chip in, figuring it will be A - completely deleted, or B - have some pics then I'll see someone sneakily (or not so sneakily) shutting it off. It had 900 pics, from the day I hung it on the tree, to the last pic of me opening it up 2 hours earlier.
Second chip (from the other camera that was switched off) - same exact thing - steady pictures from the day I hung it to the last burst of pics of me opening it up.
Third camera had a full chip - from last year (dammit).
So, has anyone ever had something like this happen? It WAS a long day, but I am dead-nuts sure both of those switches were in the OFF position when I opened them up, yet they functioned perfectly.