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    • David Petersen
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      For me, summer is trail cam time. I primarily target bears, which I don’t hunt. Had a rocky start this year with one memory card stolen by a trespassing turkey hunter and the cam left on the ground, a set of dead batteries, and three pull-downs by bears. Finally today I got some pics. Hate to think of all the critters and action I missed until now. The Bigfoot bear (paw on log) was here last year and I’m guessing it’s either a birth deformity or the result an an old injury. Maybe I’ll get a closer look during elk season. The haze in some is from wildfires 50 miles away, now damped down by recent rains. Anyhow, here’s my opening bid. I invite your to up the ante. 😀

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    • sinawalli
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      David Petersen wrote: For me, summer is trail cam time. I primarily target bears, which I don’t hunt. Had a rocky start this year with one memory card stolen by a trespassing turkey hunter and the cam left on the ground, a set of dead batteries, and three pull-downs by bears. Finally today I got some pics. Hate to think of all the critters and action I missed until now. The Bigfoot bear (paw on log) was here last year and I’m guessing it’s either a birth deformity or the result an an old injury. Maybe I’ll get a closer look during elk season. The haze in some is from wildfires 50 miles away, now damped down by recent rains. Anyhow, here’s my opening bid. I invite your to up the ante. 😀

      Set mine up in my yard and got some great pics…of my dog’s ass!

    • Etter1
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      Awesome shots. I’m heading to the mountains tomorrow for the first bear scouting mission. Maybe I’ll set mine up. Bears are so tough on em though….

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      I don’t have any trail cams but I’ll gladly look at your pics! 😀

    • Ptaylor
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      Dave wish I could see a close up of that bear’s foot. I can’t quite tell what is going on there, but it looks funky. Nice pictures.

      I’m currently taking videos from my remote cams, so not sure how to load those. But since you raised the bet, here’s one from 2 summers ago.

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    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      Duncan wrote: I don’t have any trail cams but I’ll gladly look at your pics! 😀

      Me too 😀

    • Etter1
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      Is that a bobcat on a deer carcass of yours? Fantastic picture!

    • shaneharley
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      Awesome pics!

    • David Petersen
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      Taylor, that’s a great scene you captured!

      Here are a few more that didn’t load the first time around:

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    • Ptaylor
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      Yeah bobcat feeding on a road killed deer I dragged into the woods.

      I like seeing those bears walking on the logs. They seem wide and round, but can be so nimble and quiet if they want. Is this camera over a spring? Are they feeding on some plants over there in the back?

    • Etter1
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      We didn’t put up a trail cam today but my buddy Lackey took a phone video of one of the three bears we saw today. It stood on its hind legs several times to check us out.

    • WyoStillhunter
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      I have been considering a trail cam to put up on my cabin property. I see deer beds in aspens behind the cabin an a regular basis.

      Any recommendations on a basic, reliable, durable trail cam? There are so many choices on the market it is a little hard to sort through the marketing hype.

      Nice pictures you fellas posted.

    • David Petersen
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      Yes, it’s a spring pool, about three feet across and a few inches deep with clear drinkable water, the best “bear bait” in summer as they love to “swim” on warm days. I usually have the cam closer so that you can see the water and better detail on the animals but moved it back after having it pulled down repeatedly–apparently the tree I had it on was a favorite climber for the cub in the pics or another. Next time I go back there I’ll move it forward again. The blond bear on the log is scary skinny for this time of year and still wearing last winter’s long hair … I hope it’s OK. Ironically, while I was up there most recently, gone a couple of hours and had the regular camera with me, my wife had a big bear in the “yard” and was able to watch it foraging around for 10 minutes and could have had some great pics if she’d had the camera. Murphy’s law!

      I use a Covert camera that cost about $100 a few years ago. I much prefer the smaller cams. This one holds 8 AA batteries and if I use lithium (the only way to go!) batteries they last all year. So far as all the camera choices, I go with Occam’s razor wisdom: use the simplest unit that has the features you want.

    • Etter1
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      I have two stealth cams. They’re cheap and reliable. Not the best night shots, but they’re great on batteries and seem to really hold up well.

    • David Fudala
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      I’ve got 4 cameras out scouting for me right now. Been gone on business for about 4 weeks with 2 to go. Hope I got ’em in the right spots! I’ll keep ya posted when I get home.

    • Brennan Herr
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      Pulled my camera today to relocate it…got a nice shot of this buck.

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    • David Petersen
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      These are not mine but from a friend who lives and hunts near here …

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