I spend a great deal of time when I deploy a game camera. To me, it seems silly to just strap it on a tree and cross your fingers. That might work for deer, but I’m not trying to get a picture of a deer. I’m trying to get a picture of likely the smartest, most observant, slickest critter in the woods.
Not well-hidden enough.
I spend from five to fifteen minutes trying to disguise the game camera to look like a natural part of the environment. Even when I finish, I look at the results and lament my pathetic attempts. Nothing I have created looks good enough to do the trick, so I rely on the hope that the bigfoot is having a bad day and makes a mistake. It happened with the Patterson/Gimlin Film, so why not one of my cameras? I am forever an optimist.
Not well-hidden enough either.
Well, it turns out that I had made a mistake. I ran across a photo of the missing game camera from the day I deployed it. It seems that I might have deployed it in an entirely different area than I initially thought. Good news!
Since I’m monitoring a relatively small area, I do not take GPS coordinates of the game camera locations when I deploy them. I take photos of their hiding spots to refresh my memory about where they are. Up to this point, I had always remembered where I had put them, but now that I’ve been working the spot for many many months, I was mixing up locations, confusing one deployment with another.
Today I returned to the site to get see if I could find the camera. It took me twenty minutes, but I managed to locate the camera and brought it home to see what it’s been looking at for the last month and a half.
I love checking the cameras. It’s like Christmas…
Well, Santa brought no bigfoots, but there were still some interesting shots. Take a look:
What’s it running from?
In addition to the above two videos of deer, I also captured videos of various birds, a rabbit, and a squirrel. At one point, a spider built a web in front of the lens, which of course caught and held leaves and other falling debris, obstructing the camera’s view. It took many weeks for this web to go away.
I am encouraged that SRP2 has had an increase in animal activity. Where there’s lots of food, there are often bigfoots. The property will go unobserved for the next week as I utilize the game cameras in Northern California. I will redeploy them when I return on Sunday.