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Game Cameras on Public land

Anyone ever have success using game cameras on public land? Anyone ever have them stolen? Did you do anything to prevent theft like a cable lock or did you conceal them?
Thinking about giving them a try in a wilderness area where I would guess most hikers and hunters would not be equipped to steal one if I put a lock on it.
Problem is, the most obvious spots/game funnels I can think of offhand are also public trails.
Just a little worried about losing the cameras or having them destroyed if I was to buy a couple.
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Re: Game Cameras on Public land

We never used them in Colorado but I have used them in U.P. in Michigan on public land and didn't have any stolen. Off the main trails over my bait "bear hunting".
Most hunters or outdoorsmen have a leatherman or some multi tool which have cutters or gun and if they really want it they will take it just how they tend to steal tree stands here on public or private land. angry Hammer
I would try it but with the thought if stolen you will not care. We have set up tent camps on public land and have had chairs stolen and one time they even got in tent and took stuff out of the tent and I feel with times getting harder for folks there is going to be more of this. frown

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Re: Game Cameras on Public land

I was kinda wondering the same thing Ex. Some one posted awhile ago that they had there camera stolen I think it was in the south somewere.

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Lots of them being stolen up here. Thieves carrying bolt cutters to cut cables or locks and the cameras are gone, simple as that. It has to be people who are local around here Unsure but nontheless the cameras are gone, and people are starting to turn vigilante over it... Censored Evil!

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Re: Game Cameras on Public land

Thats to bad that people are stilling like that I usually feel pretty safe when im out camping or what not maybe i should be on guard more.
For you guys that are having cameras stolen maybe face another camera on your first camera just in case someone decides to make off with it. Big smile

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Re: Game Cameras on Public land

The places I have in mind are all a heck of a long way into a wilderness that I likely won't see more than 3 times this summer. I have a hard time believing anyone would be equipped to take it if I just use a simple cable lock (like for a bicycle) to secure one to a tree. But I keep hearing stories about people ripping them off, so I don't really want to leave a $200 camera out for the yahoos.

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Re: Game Cameras on Public land

I think it was on this site a guy posted about his memory cards getting stolen out of one. I'm not really familiar with any of the new designs and how or if they secure the memory cards. I can't imagine anyone going to the work of stealing one way back in a wilderness area but I might make them as inconspicuous as possible, especially if it's near or visible from a trail.

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