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Trail cam use?

OK so this year I decided to do a muzzleloader hunt with one of my friends in northern Utah.  The unit that we will be hunting gets quite a bit of pressure and throughout the entire summer there lots of people using it for recreational use on ATVs and hiking and such.  Not my favorite area to hunt but my friend lives a couple minutes away from there and spends a lot of time up there.

So I have never used trail cams before and am thinking that they may really help this year since it will be long hikes to get back in away from people this may be the best way to watch several areas at once.  Now I was wondering if anyone has had issues with anyone stealing cams and really any tips anyone may have on the use of them.

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I'd never use one, but I have

I'd never use one, but I have friends who have had them stolen. Not sure how you can prevent it, except to mount them high and hidden as much as possible.

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If someone wants your trail

If someone wants your trail camera they are going to take your trail camera, there is nothing you can do to prevent it except to sit on it.  If you are going to use them get away from areas that people hike, in other words get off of the trail and into the back country.

Also be aware that if they are left over 72 hours they are considered abandoned property and can be picked up by Forest Service and BLM personel.  This has mostly happened in southern Utah by the BLM but just be aware of the regulation conserning leaving personal property on federal land. 

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Tips

I use them, but as already mentioned, keep them off the main hiking trails. Additionally, I turn off the flash so as not to alert hikers/hunters to their presence.
Keep them camoflaged with surrounding brush and not in a blatently obvious place. People are usually out hiking, talking, or hunting and will walk right past them.
I've never had one stolen, but keep in mind, it is a possibility. I usually use an old/cheap model in public areas for this reason.

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I'm on another website that

I'm on another website that is predominantly Utah guys and a lot of them have to hide a camera to watch their other camera because of so many thieves out there! The northern AZ big buck strip is another area where guys put them up to watch a water hole and they go back and there are three more anchored on the same tree!

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That is some CRAP!

It is prettty ridiculous that people are that bad.  I think i am just going to have to abort the trail cam idea and do it the old fashion way.

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Now you're talking.

Now you're talking.

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