Public land camera tips

Discussion in 'Trail Cameras' started by Michael.herb, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. Michael.herb

    Michael.herb Weekend Warrior

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    I finally got around to buying a set of trail cameras and will be using them on public land (it's actually a military base with "public land" for hunting).

    I have locks for them and they aren't expensive cameras, but I'm curious to hear some tips from anyone who has put cameras up on public land.

    My plan right now is to hang them normally in the area I'm trying to check out and do a pull and move them about every two weeks or so.


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    Hang them high, out of sight. They make extension ladders that collapse to a small size. They are worth the cost and are easy to carry.

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    Or prepare to see them gone.
     
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    Or that.

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  5. Michael.herb

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    Put them in places that are not easily accessible. I hunt private land only but I still don't place my cams where it looks like someone might just pass by.

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    I hunt a lot of public and hang the cams up about 10ft. Just take in a climbing stick with you and you can get it up pretty far. If someone wants it bad enough they’ll get it either way. At least make em work for it and out of direct field of view.
     
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    Hang them higher or lower than normal human eye level. Instead of putting one right on a waterhole or salt lick, put on a trail headed to the spot. Avoid the trails both people and animals use.

    Having said that, we put trail cameras out on public land all the time. Our area still has mostly decent people. People will wave at your cameras or ignore them. Rarely are they stolen.

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    I just put my first public land cam of the season out today. I just try to make sure I position them in an area not likely to be traveled by others. Putting out 2 or 3 cams every year for the last 14 years without one being taken, I must be doing something right. :tu:
     
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    Michael,

    I recommend hanging them high, and ensure you have a look on it. I have had 2 cameras stolen from me on a Navy base, one did not have a lock (that was my fault) the other had a lock that was cut. Once I started hanging them high with a home made mount I have not had any problems. I bring one climbing stick to check cards.

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    I will never understand the mind of a person who can steal something from someone. Especially something like a trail cam that’s really only used by one type of person, a hunter, who atleast should be looking out for their own and not stealing from them.

    You have to be a serious piece of sh1t for that.

    Rant over.
     
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    I have done several different ways but definitely high or low. I had three in a particular area one time with two at about mid thigh height. The third was ground level. The two that were mid thigh height were gone when I came to check them. I have also gone as far as to try to camo them more with Spanish moss and bark put on with hot glue. And if it looks like people have been in the area, don’t hang it there. Good luck


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    People who steal must have no self respect. It's sad.

    I do love that out here, stealing is definitely the exception. It happens but it's rare.

    High fives to the decent folks.



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    Opposite in my area. People will steal when given the opportunity. Wish it wasn’t that way.


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    Check the regs in your area. Some states require name and phone number on the camera.
    I just use the python locks on mine with no problem.
     
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    Up here people really dont care. I had a camera and a stand grow legs the same day last year. The lock was cut off the camera, the stand wasnt locked so that was my fault although I believe a lock just keeps honest people honest. I did have a picture of another hunter who walked by my set up and didnt even look twice at it and left my things alone which was a nice change of pace
     

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