Pro Hunters Journal
 
Login   |   Not a Member? Join
matthewdebnam
www.ProHuntersJournal.com?matthewdebnam
Login or register (it's free) to send matthewdebnam a private message.
Mini Profile
 
 
 
 
Journals

7/5/2010: Scouting


Last weekend I finally finished building my homemade trail cameras. These cameras consist of a used sony digital camera that has been modified to take pictures when triggered by a passive infrared sensor. I'm not much of a technical guru, but I managed to get this project done. I did some testing in my house, and they take awesome pics.

s600 yeti homebrew

s600 yeti homebrew

s600 yeti homebrew

s600 yeti homebrew

Monday morning, my wife and I hit the gym to burn off some of that tasty 4th of July BBQ that we had enjoyed all weekend. After pounding a smoothie, we hit the road en route to Glendora.

Arriving at the farm, we chatted with my uncle (AKA "Unc") who was organizing some of his hunting gear. We loaded up the UTV, iced down the drinks, and were on our way to hanging trail cams!

Our first stop was a place I had discovered while shed hunting in February. It is a long ridge that borders a slough with thick cover running all the way down it. At the end of the ridge is a small knoll that drops off into a ditch. Deer were using the knoll as a bedding area, and I dropped a 50lb mineral block and trail camera there.

Next, we made our way to the old Rat stand where I had an encounter with Drumstick last season. I parked the UTV where the dim road dead-ends into the swap and set out on foot. After jumping several deer, I was able to hone in on the areas being used for bedding. Again, I dropped a 50lb mineral block and a camera.

Riding along Angus ditch road, I could see where the deer were crossing to access the corn fields. We dropped a mineral block and trail camera just off the road, and I have high hopes that the bachelor group that bedded in this area last fall is still hanging close by. We will see!

Continuing down Angus ditch road, I pulled over into our lock-on setup where I harvested "Scar face" last December. As we rolled into the food plot, I noticed a doe was feeding on the opposite edge of the opening. Because it was windy, she did not hear us pulling up only 35 yards away. We sat and watched her for nearly 5 minutes as she feasted on the blackberry vines before a fickle wind sent her to parts unknown. I left with a smile on my face; it felt good to be watching deer again.

We rode past my grandparents house, and crossed the levee to get to a spot I have not hunted in over 5 years. It is called "Devil's Hole" and it is not the prettiest stretch of woods on the Glendora property. Still, there are some bruisers that live on this low piece of ground as evidenced by a 173" nontypical taken a few years ago. I dropped a mineral block and a camera; we will see if any more big boys are hanging around.

The last two cameras were dropped near the L-shaped field and the Harry Cook cut. After a long day of scouting and putting up cameras, my wife and I enjoyed a beer while watching the sun set over Pace lake. It's gonna be a good season!

 
 
 
 
Comment On This Field Journal
allflockedup
Posted: 7/7/2010
8:53am

Trophy Room
PM
Those are some wicked looking cameras! I think I would soil myself if I walked up on one of them in the woods, they look like those tree monsters from Wizard of Oz winking at me :-)

Great job building them, I can't wait to see how the pics turn out!
evilbeliever
Posted: 7/6/2010
11:05pm

Trophy Room
PM
That is quite inexpensive in the long run!!! I am guessing these are from YetiCam. I have looked at them before, so I am interested to see how they work for you!!! I might have to build a few.
matthewdebnam
Posted: 7/6/2010
2:36pm

Trophy Room
PM
Thanks evil. I think I have around $125 per cam in materials.
evilbeliever
Posted: 7/6/2010
2:22pm

Trophy Room
PM
those are some sweet looking cams, if you don't mind me asking what is the total cost of one of those?

 
 
 
 
   
Advertising / Sponsorship     About Us    Support     Field Staff     Suggestion Box     Wildlife     Report Inappropriate Content
© 2014, Mt. Lookout Media, All Rights Reserved    Terms of Use    Privacy Policy

Logo