Do Trail Cameras effect deer movement?

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RE: Do Trail Cameras effect deer movement?

Postby shaman » Wed Dec 10, 2008 11:50 am

I agree with the guy with the horns on his head.

Don't get me wrong.  I like trail cameras, but I have never had good luck matching up the deer I see on camera with the deer that show up at the stand.  Trail cameras are another fun kind of deer porn for me.

Do I believe they disturb deer?  I have seen the same deer, day after day after day after day hitting my salt licks-- 70 some events in a week.  On the other hand I've seen nice bucks show up once and never again. What makes some deer keep coming and some never show up again?  I dunno. Maybe some deer don't like having their picture taken.

As to the the overall effect of coming to the same place to change film/batteries/etc.:  I used to think it mattered a lot. However, if you look back on my history of sightings and shooting opportunities and bagged deer, I honestly don't see a huge pattern to it. This goes back to what I've said previously about deer  learning to avoid stands. If there are few deer and lots of browse, a single event can make an individual deer or a small herd leave the area. With more deer or thinner browse, 1 of 2 things will happen:

1) The deer you scare off today will be replaced with another deer tomorrow.
2) The deer may be forced to come back anyway, because that is the only good browse around.

One other thing:  I used to maintain a salt lick just for the heck of it just behind the local community pool. I mean RIGHT on the other side of the hedge.  I've been out on a hot afternoon, sweating, dug a hole put out my rock salt and come back 2 hours later and have the lick ravaged-- all the while kids were playing and splashing and screaming 10 yards away.  I have also left my shovel and come back 20 minutes later to find a hoof print in the lick. Although this is not a direct indicator of what a trail cam, or visits to a trail cam can do, I can tell you that deer can learn not to give a tinker's cuss about humans.
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RE: Do Trail Cameras effect deer movement?

Postby PrairieShadow » Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:41 pm

Here is an instance I had last year where the cam certainly scared this little guy. First Pic has their attention and by the 2nd one they are scramming!

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RE: Do Trail Cameras effect deer movement?

Postby PrairieShadow » Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:42 pm

How the heck do i keep the pics from being super sized?
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RE: Do Trail Cameras effect deer movement?

Postby Goose » Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:12 pm

Resize the pics to 480*640.
 
I've read a study on this, the results showed that all deer where different. Some reacted alot and some didn't react at all. None of the deer left the county so to speak but some did alternate their route a little. They stayed in the same area and went to the same spots the just went around the camera area. Again this was not all deer just a select few.
Ive got pics of deer not being bothered at all and Ive got pics of deer exploding away. I got a infrared camera this past year hoping to avoid this but every deer knew the camera was there because of the red light or noise. If I had to pick one or the other Id go with the flash camera for better pics.
I personally will continue to use cameras because I think they help me more than they hurt me. I also try to keep everything scent free when using them from latex gloves to spraying them down.
 
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RE: Do Trail Cameras effect deer movement?

Postby HoneyHole » Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:49 pm

Download and install Image Resizer. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/Down ... rtoys.mspx

As for altering patterns, I believe they can. I went to infrared cameras and it's not 100% foolproof, but I don't get pictures of tails flagging away any more. At least there isn't a huge un-natural flash in the middle of the woods. (which also alerts hunters and potential theives). I've seen where other hunters cameras are just by seeing their flashes.

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RE: Do Trail Cameras effect deer movement?

Postby gunther89 » Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:53 pm

Most of the deer by us don't seem to be bothered by it.  We had a 3.5 year old buck that showed up many times on it.  Granted it was always at night but I think it all depends on the deer itself.  We did have a big 8 pointer that we got on camera once and he never showed up again.  Think the neighbors got him opening weekend of gun season but that's how it goes.  It has helped us out alot because when we see a deer coming in if we recognize him we can start to concentrate on the shot. 

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