Deer are on this property without a doubt. The question in my mind was do they live there and spend time on it or do they simply pass through? In the past I have noticed plenty of visual signs but since it is so far from home for me to spend a lot of time on site I bought and tested this trailcam. The idea is to enable my confidence and encourage me it was worth my time to give it a try. Day or night the cam promises good still images and video but for now I will be pleased with stills. It uses a motion sensor along with infrared lighting (for night) to digitally capture moving objects within an 80' range. It has an adjustable sensitivity option as well as a burst mode for multiple images of the same moving object.
Having this technology advantage makes it easier for me to place the cam where I believe the deer frequent and then go back a week or so later to see what the camera found in order to analyze the data and plan my future strategy and tactics. This is a huge timesaver and should increase my odds of putting some red meat in the freezer this fall. Sweet!
Even if the cam showed little promise at the second location on the property I AM going to hunt deer on our farm this year no matter what, DAMMIT! So I picked up my good old deer hunt buddy Doug to help me erect the new stand. Before dragging all that hardware deep into the woods another trailcam check was in order. Doug is old school like me and had never used a trailcam before so his skeptical self didn't know what to expect with all this. Neither did I but always being the optimist hoping for the best but realistically tempered for the worst it would not dampen my enthusiasm for the upcoming season either way.
The first images we saw were squirrels. We were both surprised at the quality of the daylight images.
Gonna go check the cam more often now. If I don't do anything stupid from here on I should be able to at least put some red meat in the freezer this year.