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thermal imager for tracking deer?

Unread postby BCam » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:35 pm

Been wanting to ask this question on here for a while now, just finally getting the chance... Anyhow, I have been using a thermal imager at work quite a bit the last couple months and it got me wondering if anybody has ever used one to track a wounded deer or do a grid search with one? I did a short google search and didn't find anything relating to "tracking deer" but i gotta imagine somebody with access to one has given it a whirl? Thoughts, opinions, experiences?


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Re: thermal imager for tracking deer?

Unread postby Swampthing » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:43 pm

I don't know either but I would love to be the 1st one. Seen them on cops, unreal, you can even see the footprints( for a short time ) of the criminals running.

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Unread postby Hodag Hunter » Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:31 pm

I've seen the fire department use them looking for bodies in car wrecks.....see if passengers were thrown from a vehicle.

If a guy leans his hand up against a vehicle the print stays for quite a while. Unreal what they pick up.

Bad situations but cool devices. Have thought of the same thing for tracking deer......but sure not in my budget to buy one.
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Re: thermal imager for tracking deer?

Unread postby BigHunt » Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:36 pm

neat idea...but it would tack the fun out of tracking IMO
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Unread postby BCam » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:02 am

BigHunt wrote:neat idea...but it would tack the fun out of tracking IMO


Yeah i do agree with that to some point but..... maybe it could recover a deer that would have been otherwise lost in some cases? :think: i don't know. Even though i think i can borrow my camera from work, i definitely wouldn't use it as a first resort. Maybe if it came down to grid searching?
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Unread postby Black Squirrel » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:07 am

I have thought about this too. I think it is a great idea, but I also think a quality camera is cost prohobitive for the average guy.
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Unread postby BCam » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:26 am

Black Squirrel wrote:I have thought about this too. I think it is a great idea, but I also think a quality camera is cost prohobitive for the average guy.


agreed.... But if you are in the right line of work, it is pretty easy to justify the cost of one... for work that is. :lol:
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Unread postby Beauford » Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:34 am

They use one on the show Finding Big Foot. I am sure it would work-a side note about that show you can tell those people are scared of everything at night in the woods it makes me laugh out loud.
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Re: thermal imager for tracking deer?

Unread postby Goober » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:25 pm

I use one frequently, and have trained others to use them. It could work, but you would need to use it soon after the shot (if it was a killing shot). It doesn't take a deer too long to make it to room temp, and then there is nothing to see. Great for seeing live deer, or recently dead even, but I would guess much past 6-8 hours and it isn't going to help. The distance it will "see" in dense marsh or woods is going to be pretty slim as well, unless you are elevated (if you have a helicopter, this would be a great tool!!!). I guess overall I don't think it would be much help for a dead deer. Someone experienced in using them would be able to pick out a deer carcass a little better than the average guy, but I don't think any better than the naked eye.
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Re: thermal imager for tracking deer?

Unread postby Kodiakman » Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:53 am

It's a pretty tough sell. I have used them for years and a many many times with the fire dept. If you have a direct line of sight then yeah, it lights up like the 4th of july and is obivous. They claim the range of them is 100yds. They grossly over sell what it can do. We never tried it that far, didn't need to. I know that a gentleman with full turn out gear on, will be completely lost in the thermal imager about 4 rows into a corn feild. Perhaps from a moving ariel postition like a helicopter it would work better but I don't see much application in a hunting scenario. You would have to be on top of it almost if it was brush and if it laying out in a an open field.. what is the point then.

Where the imager works great in a fire dept scenario is that is can see through smoke, but not glass, and the ability to show changes in radiation along walls, roofs, etc. Outlets are all white. Stick your head in a attic with one and take a peak for houses struck by lighting. Things like that. And ovbviously, the colder it is outside the better it shows contrast.
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Unread postby tim » Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:57 am

my brother just retired from the marine corp. last year and always told me i should be using one :lol: then preceeded to tell me the one he used was like 12,000 or something crazy :roll:
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Unread postby rudy78 » Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:15 pm

I've wanted to use one of them or some sort of night vision to walk to stands. This way you could see where the deer are & avoid spooking them on the way in, I thought that would be pretty cool. Or to see how close deer let you get at night before they spook. I watched a really cool vid of the ten dnr using them in the summer to gather deer, buck/doe info, awesome some of the bucks they had on it, I'll try to find it & post it. Someday I'll have an extra 10k or so to spend on 1, lol.

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Re: thermal imager for tracking deer?

Unread postby mn5503 » Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:19 pm

Chances are if you could see your deer with a FLIR unit, you could just as easily see it with your naked eye.

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Re: thermal imager for tracking deer?

Unread postby Indianahunter » Sat Jan 14, 2012 5:00 pm

They did have a similar product a few years back but not nearly as sophisticated as what the fire departments uses.....however in Indiana they are illegal as are dogs, so I never looked in to it much.
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Unread postby magicman54494 » Sat Jan 14, 2012 5:15 pm

I've thought about using this while tracking. If the deer showed signs that he would bed I could pull out the device and scope for him. I think that would be an unfair advantage and would take the fun out of it. As far as blood trailing I don't think it would be much use. If blood trailing didn't lead you to the deer I think the deer would be too cold for the devise to work anyway. It might just make you want to go after a questionable shot too soon so the deer would still be warm enough and end up costing you more deer then it would get you. I think a tracking dog would be much better in recovering deer.


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