game cameras on public land

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  1. Bowhunter728

    Bowhunter728 Weekend Warrior

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    whats everyone's two cents on this. im gonna be hunting some public land soon and was thinking about getting one or two cameras to try out but how should i secure them or should i just not bother. i could always put a cable with a lock on it but didnt know what other people have done in the past. i dont wanna make the investment if some A**hat is gonna steal my cameras. let me know.
     
  2. bowhunt4abuck

    bowhunt4abuck Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I plan on trying this next year with my old camera that way I'm not disappointed if it gets stolen. Basically I would say just go deep in and prepare yourself for real chance it will be stolen. The deeper you get the less people will see it.
     
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    Place them up high....
     
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    remmett70 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Either be prepared for the chance of them getting stolen, or secure them in a box. Locking them is pretty useless when they are just made of plastic. Don't even need bolt cutters, just a pair of hand sheers or heavy side cutters can cut the plastic.
     
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    BH Bowhunter Weekend Warrior

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    Buy cheap cams. I use a chain and lock. 101_0044.jpg
     
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    I'll be checking on 2 I put up in public this weekend. 1 deep in and 1 not so deep. I put a cable lock on them. Fingers are crossed!
     
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    First, check your state's rules on this. I know here, it''s illegal to put out and leave out cameras on state land.

    With that said, I know some people who put their cams 8-10' up, pointing down.
     
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    I run a few cameras on public land. I try to follow a few of my own guidelines. I know there is a risk of them being stolen. I also hear lots of stories of camera on private land going missing, so this is not exclusive to public land.

    - Place in spots not easily seen by others, even if it means it is not the best camera location.
    - Use a security box and cable lock. Now, I know the cable lock can be cut in seconds however, it is just a deterrent. I think the box and lock is worth the extra price (box 40ish, lock 20ish), if you are buying a 100 dollar camera. Even the camera at my house gets a box and lock. Harder to justify for a 50 dollar camera.
     
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    I use cable locks, I made 4 cables with locks at local hardware store for about 20$. I feel like a lot of trail cam thefts are crimes or opportunity... They will take them when they see them and are too lazy to come back w cutters... . Just my .02
     
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    Some good ideas here. Thanks for the input. I also looked online and couldn't find anything about not leaving cameras on public land but I will look later and see if I over looked anything
     
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    SharpEyeSam Legendary Woodsman

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    ^THIS^ Take a 6 foot ladder and hang them 10-11 feet off the ground. Makes for some cool pic angles and makes stealing someone them a lot harder.
     
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    Or one or two sections of climbing sticks .

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    I've lost half of a cam and it was close to the walk in trail. Never had an issue with any of my other cams that were set in other locations.

    Cable lock and padlock for door will keep the honest people honest. But if someone wants to be a Dbag, they'll find a way to steal it or make sure you can't use it.

    The locks, elevated, and stay away from the heavy traffic areas - that should be good 99% of the time.
     
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    Secure it in a camera lock box. But buy and custom a steel cable long enough to hold a big wide tree from the hardware store. Insert the steel cables in the hole of that lock box then get the hardware guys to make two holes to fit a lock pad.
     
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    ok beautiful. there is alot of honest people out there but i just wanna protect my stuff you know.
     
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    so since we are on the subject of securing cameras mine as well talk about them. ive been looking at the bushnell aggressor cameras but there are several out there. but does it really make a difference if its low glow or no glow?
     
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    I gotta ask, how did you lose half of a cam? Did someone really beat the thing until it was mostly toast?
     
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    The only problem with this is those boxes need secured to the tree and on must public land running a lag bolt into a tree to secure the box is illegal.
     

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