mainebowhunter wrote:Good stuff on trail cam use. Hopefully this is not hijacking the thread. My trail cam data is what pushed me more and more into bed hunting.
Think anyone that has used cameras for awhile have found them to be kind of ineffective for the most part in patterning a buck in a day to day pattern. Yet where I live, guys keep TRYING to do the same thing with no success. Now in certain areas, guys talk about it a bunch. Bill Winke has a theory that you don't start hunting a buck until you get trail cam pics of him doing something that is huntable. But where I live, trying to kill a buck by patterning him on a camera...I have done it...but its pretty ineffective. If I were to wait until that bucks showed up multiple times in daylight...well, I might as well hang it up and sit home.
The problem is...for most guys, using a camera to develop patterns from year to year just flat out takes time. And many guys that are just starting into the trail camera game, its going to take time to figure out. For example, 4 or 5 cameras, strategically placed is not going to get me as much data in Maine as it is in KS.
Believe it or not...there is a learning curve to using the cellphone cams. 2016, never figured out till the end of the year how to keep them from chewing batteries. Lets face it, a camera that lasts for 2 weeks, not real effective. I will say this, when I am traveling, during the rut, cameras really proved themselves a big help. It gave real time data on what the deer were doing. Not so much for pattern purposes, but we instantly knew when the bigger bucks were coming off lockdown. The day we started seeing them on camera is the day we started seeing them from stand.
Great add in maine... Last year I experienced the same thing in Maine and it got me thinking that I needed to hunt differently than everyone else. Plenty of good bucks on camera at the camp, especially bow season before the state gets hit hard November firearm. Instead of coming to the relaization that 95% of the bucks on cam were'nt going to visit those spots in daylight and that hunting tactics needed to change, the guys at camp choose to play the slim odds that one of those bucks will make the mistake of showing themselves during shooting hours. And every year it leads to zero results. It was'nt till I found the beast that I relaized bed hunting was the way to combat these nocturnal bucks that barely move in daylight hours.