Pharos-Tribune

October 24, 2013

Trail camera adds a new challenge in the great outdoors

By John Newcom
Outdoors Columnist

— October has arrived and the weather has finally decided to cool down. I have been busy fishing and checking deer stands these past few weeks. I have finally finished trimming shooting lanes, I hope.

I received a trail camera as a gift last year and have been tinkering with it all year. It has taken me that long to figure out that I should have read the instructions to begin with. It made things easier and the camera now functions as I want it to.

I have been placing this camera along trails near my stands in the hope of capturing a picture of a huge buck, but as of this moment, only some does have ventured into camera range. The pictures have been OK. I check the camera every few days and then move it to a new location.

I have had whiteout pictures that I assume are from the sun angling just right into the camera. I corrected this by aiming it away from the sun. It only took me three times before I figured that out.

I wondered why my pictures were timed so far apart? I read the manual and found that I had it set to pause 30 minutes between pictures. I thought the setting was for 30 seconds. I guess reading the manual will be a good idea next time.

A couple of fun pictures I had on the trail camera were of two very curious does. The time I retrieved it I noticed a smudge across the front of it like something wiped its nose. It did. The pictures of an extreme close up of this doe with one side of her neck and face right at the camera and the next picture was of her standing on the opposite side. These two doe followed the camera to the next spot that I set it out and did virtually the same thing. I guess I should have set it to take video but that would mean that I would have to read the directions again and I really don’t feel like doing that again.

I think the next time that I receive a new electronic toy that I will make my 12-year-old daughter show me how to use it, or make her read the directions. They just make me feel like an idiot.

I can’t wait to check my camera again and this time I hope it will have a few more cool pictures. I am ready to start my hunting season now that the temperatures are cooling to a decent degree. I am also ready for a nice frost to get rid of the bugs that tend to bother me during early season. The leaves are changing and beginning to fall so I hope you get a chance to grab your archery gear and hit the woods. I am so ready for fresh venison back-strap and jerky for snacking. Good luck and good hunting while being safe in the great outdoors!