Cameras on Public Land

Discussion in 'Whitetail Deer Hunting' started by head2toe camo, Aug 20, 2016.

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What's your experience with trail cameras on public land?

Poll closed Sep 19, 2016.
  1. I use them a lot and never have any problems.

    14.3%
  2. I use them a lot and have had a few stolen or messed with.

    7.1%
  3. I use them occasionally and never had problems.

    32.1%
  4. I use them occasionally and had some problems.

    10.7%
  5. I don't use cameras when I hunt public land.

    32.1%
  6. I don't hunt public land.

    3.6%
  1. head2toe camo

    head2toe camo Weekend Warrior

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    What's your experience with using trail cameras on public land?
     
  2. purebowhunting

    purebowhunting Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I've used them some on public with no issues but I'm putting them in hard to reach areas I don't expect many to go. The people that do I expect to be better hunters and hopefully less likely to steal it.
     
  3. jfergus7

    jfergus7 Legendary Woodsman

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    Can't use them on public land in Illinois so haven't tried it
     
  4. PureBred

    PureBred Weekend Warrior

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    Not to bad of experience so far...usually i'll try and use my tree climbers to hang them high angling them down on public land just to keep out of the line of vision.
     
  5. SharpEyeSam

    SharpEyeSam Legendary Woodsman

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    HANG THEM HIGH!! Harder for thieves to get to them and it makes for cool pic angles. What most guys do is take one Climbing stick in to hang and/or check the cams.
     
  6. Josh/OH

    Josh/OH Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Hang them in nasty areas where big deer are and people aren't.


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  7. peakrut

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    I don't use them in Wisconsin as I believe they are illegal to use on public lands.
     
  8. grizzly1530

    grizzly1530 Weekend Warrior

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    They were just legalized a few years ago actually. Maybe 3-4 at most. Only legal on state and county though I think. Not legal on mfl, or other tax law land, if I recall.
     
  9. minnesota1102

    minnesota1102 Newb

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    In my experience, it is well worth the risk of them getting stolen. Placed 6 cameras on state land with a buddy last year when going to college. Had 3 stolen, but the other 3 provided great information on which woods to hunt and which to not based on human pressure and quality of deer. Buy cheap cameras and pull them once the season is started and more people are in the woods.
     
  10. Mr_BS

    Mr_BS Weekend Warrior

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    Never used them on public. I am considering it though, just see what deer are around the area I hunt. I know some B&C bucks have been ran over about a half mile from where I bow hunt public and heard of people getting pics on private around it, but I would like to know for my own what's out there. May take a cheap cam down in a couple weeks and put out.
     
  11. Smokey

    Smokey Weekend Warrior

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    I use them on County and National Forest lands here in Wisconsin. They are legal on those lands, not much for State lands around here in NW WI. so I don't worry about those laws since I don't hunt State lands. Each County has their own laws and all are open around here.
     
  12. remmett70

    remmett70 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    First time was late season last year, had two cameras out, didn't have any real issues. A couple found one when snowshoeing with their golden retriever. They stopped to pose for a picture before moving on. Camera wasn't messed with and it wasn't locked.

    Have one out now for the last few weeks, Somebody would have to be walking through some pretty thick brush to find it. I have a lock on it, but that is only a slight deterrent.
     
  13. peakrut

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    I stand corrected. I looked it up and you can only use them on MFL if land owner gives you permission. Thanks Man!
     
  14. grizzly1530

    grizzly1530 Weekend Warrior

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    No problem! I want to put some out, but haven't been brave enough to risk theft yet, lol. I have some cheap cameras that I got for 30-40 bucks that I could use, but it would still irritate me if they were stolen.
     

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