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Title: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: cohunter14 on January 11, 2019, 10:54:23 AM
Time for another Free Gear Friday! Scouting season is right around the corner, so how about an opportunity to win a Stealth Cam G45NGX Trail Camera (22 MegaPixel) and a Stealth Cam SD Micro Memory Card Reader?

To enter, simply comment below and let us know if you typically run trail cameras or not. This can be for any animal, not just elk. If you run them, what do you like most about them?

The winner will be drawn Sunday, January 13th at 5:00pm MST. To be eligible to win, you must have a minimum of ten posts on the forum by the time we hold the drawing. Only one post per person on this thread.

Good luck!


Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: wl704 on January 11, 2019, 11:11:46 AM
I run trail cams as a tool to validate my expectations and check out what's the.

But the element of surprise (good and bad)  is also exciting. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190111/5792d92210228cc76fee001344386302.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190111/d7eb7b60f4de949d3670b36cf64ddbf7.jpg)
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: rfra on January 11, 2019, 11:16:04 AM
Started with a couple cheap cameras this year.  I really enjoyed checking them, excited to see what they captured.  I hunt a large area covering a few units, so being able to confirm elk in an area I'm interested in can save a lot of frustration.  Hoping to add a couple more cameras this year if hunting budget permits, so would be great to win this one!



Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: mtnrunner260 on January 11, 2019, 11:28:09 AM
I run a couple of cameras 
My favorite part is the anticipation of going through the card after the season 
Its like Christmas
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: steveallenis on January 11, 2019, 11:33:44 AM
Enjoy running multiple cameras in specific area to compare the timing of animals and travel patterns.  Love watch HORNS grow.   Keep copies of pictures and organize them on the computer by date so I can run a slide show from spring to fall and notice particular animals changing and new ones coming in or leaving.   
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: sniperbait on January 11, 2019, 12:13:01 PM
Currently I only have one camera and it is this same model. I've been able to get some cool pics from it. Hoping to add to what I have and get a few more cameras out there this year since Im going to be hunting a new area.
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: UtahJimmy on January 11, 2019, 12:20:17 PM
This will be my 4th season running cams. I like being able to use them for determining which area to go to based on frequency of animal visits. It's also fun to see what's in the area!

What I don't like is thieves! I've lost a few already to the 2 legged d-bags.

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Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: LungBuster on January 11, 2019, 12:21:30 PM
I like to run cameras. I have about 6 stealth cams and they work great. I mainly put them out for mule deer.
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: mlayden061 on January 11, 2019, 12:35:22 PM
Usually run 3. From early spring through to the start of rifle season. Would like some more to setup in different properties that I donít hunt as often though!


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Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: BuckyHunter on January 11, 2019, 12:38:03 PM
I run cameras for whitetail in Wisconsin. I'm hoping get out to CO for a long weekend in July so I can hang a few cameras. As if elk hunting isn't exciting enough, a multi-camera pull after 2 months in the mountains... I'm already excited. I'm already dreading at least one still in Setup mode.
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: SteveR on January 11, 2019, 12:46:51 PM
I like to know what wildlife is skulking around my house.

Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: E5 Montana on January 11, 2019, 01:08:13 PM
Haven't used cameras as they are well restricted in Montana, but am interested.  Always enjoy seeing pictures and videos posted by others. Would like to check them out at some new areas I am looking at hunting this next season.
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: cmuske25 on January 11, 2019, 01:11:36 PM
We use trail cameras in south Texas for monitoring out whitetail bucks.  Most of our bucks especially during the off-season are nocturnal.  So the only real way to see whats out there is to have cameras out on trails and at feeding or water stations. 
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: big44a4 on January 11, 2019, 01:18:31 PM
I like to use trail cameras because it gives you eyes when you canít be there. When you only get 1-2 weeks to hunt itís critical to not waste any time in an area that they might have already moved out of.


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Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: ttwintwo on January 11, 2019, 01:46:11 PM
No. I would like to.
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: jvanhoy on January 11, 2019, 02:32:35 PM
I do most of the time. Nice to know what is in the area.
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: Elk Noob on January 11, 2019, 02:58:39 PM
I tried to this year, but the older cam my dad let me use didn't work... I would like to use them in the future though.
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: bowhuntin_360 on January 11, 2019, 03:31:59 PM
Yes, we love trail cameras and run them year round.  I love being able to see what I can't see when I can't be in the woods. 
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: Riverb8 on January 11, 2019, 04:56:28 PM
I run 3 cameras in my elk hunting area.  I spread them out over high use corridors and water holes.  I know there are elk there but my goal is to try to get a look at the quality of elk.
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: DEEF on January 11, 2019, 05:42:37 PM
Typically, I don't run trail cams.  This year while trying to pack in as many hunts and harvests as I can, I realized I need trail cams.  I hunt thick forested areas for blacktail and black bear. I'll be running trail cams this year to help locate and pattern animals. I like the idea of cellular capable and solar powered to minimize maintenance and time gathering intel.
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: 87TT on January 11, 2019, 06:37:14 PM
I have used them and would put a picture here but I can't seem to figure it out.
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: Hoyt427 on January 11, 2019, 06:40:21 PM
I run em to year round on our leased farm land.. seen some good shots of bucks, coons, Yotes, turkeys, and a bob cat which we donít see at all in Northern IL!!

Best part is showing my nephews  6 and 7 the pics and videos of the animals in true form.

Also caught some yahoo running dogs for bird or rabbit or whatever across our land the week before bow season...


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Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: Bsgardner on January 11, 2019, 07:26:05 PM
Running trail cameras has never been one of my strategies for elk hunting.  Iíve always wanted to try one up in my early season high buck area.  Maybe someday🤞
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: aes7.5x55 on January 12, 2019, 06:29:13 AM
I have one I bought not too long ago. So far, I've only used it in my backyard,  but it has been interesting to see what comes through.
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: jstephens61 on January 12, 2019, 07:25:06 AM
I put several out every year, mainly to get an idea what the travel times are. Theyíre great not only to see whatís coming to a wallow or food plot, but when. Theyíre also great at making you mad about picking the wrong stand!
Weíve been using trail timers since the late 80ís on bear baits. Told us what time something hit the bait but not what.
Weíve come a long way.
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: lang on January 12, 2019, 12:25:51 PM
I have for several years.  Bittersweet seeing what's in my area and I never see!
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: Baileyjk on January 12, 2019, 02:27:08 PM
I usually only run them for whitetails, in new places where I donít have time to scout. If I know there are deer there already, itís like it ruins the surprise to set up cameras.
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: nclonghunter on January 12, 2019, 03:57:29 PM
Not sure why I dont, I borrowed a friends once and really enjoyed looking at the deer pics. Saw a few bucks that I never saw during daylight hours.
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: fez on January 13, 2019, 09:09:25 AM
I ran them in the past but I fell off the wagon a few years ago.  I do plan on getting some newer models this year and starting again.   Its always nice to know whats in area or not in the area.   

Its also a fun activity to get the kids out and excited for hunting season
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: cohunter14 on January 13, 2019, 05:51:30 PM
Congrats to rfra for winning! PM on the way. Keep an eye out for the next one!
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: rfra on January 13, 2019, 08:02:30 PM
Thank you!!! I canít wait to get it out in the field and capture some photos.  :-D :dance2:
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: DTP on January 14, 2019, 04:19:53 AM
Thank you!!! I canít wait to get it out in the field and capture some photos.  :-D :dance2:
Congrats!
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: Fireignighter on January 14, 2019, 08:24:20 AM
This is my first year running game cameras, so far what I have learned is that I need more to try to determine where the elk roam as they seem to be on a 3 day cycle where I am at.
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: wl704 on January 14, 2019, 09:45:07 AM
Congrats rfra!
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: Clayman56 on February 01, 2019, 12:43:02 AM
I love using cameras, I usually end up seeing some nice deer or bear on the elk trail cam but Iím always capturing the elk and pin point their pattern.
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: wiarcher on February 01, 2019, 09:17:59 AM
Yes, I run several cameras.  It changes scouting in a big way.
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: Army of Dad on February 03, 2019, 06:13:13 AM
I run cameras for various animals and even took a couple on my elk hunt last fall. When scouting for deer I like to know what there and basically when they are moving as the season approaches. I use them some for feral hogs as well. It gets hot here and I like to have an idea what part of the day they are hitting a water hole so I can try to be more efficient.


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Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: Clayman56 on April 14, 2019, 04:57:05 PM
Yes, I like to keep track of what's going on when I'm not out there
Title: Re: Free Gear Friday!
Post by: colorado russ on April 15, 2019, 01:51:05 PM
When looking for trail cameras, I've found very good deals on eBay.  Be sure and read up as there are different features you may or may not want to pay for.