Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trail Cams Valuable for Wildlife Id

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trail Cams Valuable for Wildlife Id

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If you've ever suspected there was a really big buck where you like to hunt, you probably wished you could monitor the area 24/7. But that's virtually impossible to do unless you use a trail cam.

Trail cams are motion-activated, weather-proof cameras that can be mounted on trees or posts to monitor wildlife activity. Hunters, birders and watchers will find trail cams equally useful. There's a real excitement to watching deer and other wildlife grow and mature through the year.

Most Octobers, for example, I find several obvious buck rubs in some sumac stands close to the house. I know white-tail bucks are responsible, but I see few bucks. I typically see eight to 10 does for every buck that ventures into the yard.

Deer routinely clean up the sunflower seeds that fall to the ground beneath my bird feeders, but it's always does and yearlings on cleanup duty.

So a few years ago, when a neighbor asked if he could set up a trail cam near the rubs, it sounded like a great idea. …

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