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    Cell Cams

    For when --- among other reasons--- going into the woods is just too much.

    This little doo-hickey supposedly converts a conventional trail cam into a transmitting unit. I think they've upgraded their technology in response to previous fails, so I'm interested to see what happens.



    https://www.spypoint.com/en/products/cell-link

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    I just replaced an old Covert with 2 new Spypoint el cheapo cellular cams, I found them on sale for $99 a piece with free shipping. Been running them for 2 months without any trouble. They do have poor customer service so if something goes wrong, it might be a problem. No issues yet with mine and they take decent quality pictures.
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    That looks pretty cool. Problem where I hunt is, there is basically no cell service.

    I've been thinking of getting a cheap Spypoint to replace my Bushnell that got stolen this year. Spypoints do real well in the tests done by Trail Camera Pros.


    ...but who really no's all this stuff anyway.

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    Some cell carriers are better than others in rural areas. "Mountains" (lol ) are still an issue, I think.

    I wonder if you had several places you could hunt in remote locations, would it be a better hunt if you had some wireless evidence ahead of time for which stand to choose, or if you just chose one on your own?

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    There is no substitute for boots on the ground scouting. Trail cameras will never change that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Fox View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/vLixhw9Y1s4
    I listened to that whole thing and he never did explain how sheep's bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes.

    Quote Originally Posted by luv2bowhunt View Post
    There is no substitute for boots on the ground scouting. Trail cameras will never change that.
    "Boots on the ground, boots on the ground. Lookin' like a fool with your boots on the ground."



    But seriously...

    While I agree that there's no replacing spending time checking things out in-person, I can see this being a useful additional tool...especially when physically visiting the areas you hunt represents an hour-and-a-half round-trip drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DParker View Post
    I listened to that whole thing and he never did explain how sheep's bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes.
    I thought the electronic keyboard added a nice 12th century touch though, don't you?

    This new learning amazes me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Fox View Post

    I wonder if you had several places you could hunt in remote locations, would it be a better hunt if you had some wireless evidence ahead of time for which stand to choose, or if you just chose one on your own?
    Quote Originally Posted by luv2bowhunt View Post
    There is no substitute for boots on the ground scouting. Trail cameras will never change that.
    A "better hunt" vs. a "more successful" hunt is one item for discussion.

    I think in some ways trail cameras *have* substituted for boots on the ground, and I think there probably are some situations where walking some tracts isn't going to yield much useful info that you couldn't get otherwise. Some land is just flat-out easier to figger than other areas.

    I think there's a whole generation of hunters out there (and really more than one) that thinks scouting is a combination of watching fields and powerlines and checking which corn pile is getting hit the most, and reckons that using trail cameras is taking a deep dive into the world of the elusive whitetail .... LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by DParker View Post
    But seriously...

    While I agree that there's no replacing spending time checking things out in-person, I can see this being a useful additional tool...especially when physically visiting the areas you hunt represents an hour-and-a-half round-trip drive.
    This hits the nail on the head. Not only is it fun to see what's going on on your "property" between visits, but it inevitably leads to making decisions based on the digital feedback.

    I guess the question I have is does it take some of the fun/mystery/skill/magic/accomplishment out of the old "Which stand should I hunt?" process? --- which I'm not sure you can separate from the whole concept of *hunting* to begin with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Fox View Post
    I think in some ways trail cameras *have* substituted for boots on the ground, and I think there probably are some situations where walking some tracts isn't going to yield much useful info that you couldn't get otherwise. Some land is just flat-out easier to figger than other areas.

    I guess it really depends on what type of hunting we're talking about and what kind of hunting pressure. I've been using trail cameras now for at least 20 years on public land, hunting pressured deer. Mature bucks on pressured land are a completely different animal to hunt than the younger deer. I've learned they are masters at avoiding trail cameras especially if they sense continuous human presence.

    I've got pics of bucks who show up once, smelled where I came in or out, and never got their picture taken again. They still lived there, just avoided my camera. I watched a video from Shane Simpson on Youtube where he is tracking a buck with his dog, and the wounded buck is walking down a deer trail and 3 times he moves behind trail cameras that the land owner had out. Obviously he had learned to avoid the area the cameras were in, probably because he smelled people there too often.

    Older deer can easily learn to avoid the cameras if they know they are there. What an older buck can't do is hide the sign he's leaving everyday, droppings, tracks, beds, rubs, and scrapes. So I'm not sure how walking the area "isn't going to yield much useful info". They can't hide the evidence where they're living.

    I'll take scouting trips over cameras every time. I can scout a new area and in a few hours I can tell whether or not there's enough deer sign to put more time into that spot. Not sure how you do that without a whole fleet of cameras and even then you just don't know if they're walking behind or beside them.

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