Summer fun with trail cameras



Summer is a fabulous time to play with trail cameras, don’t you think?

Actually, having said that, anytime of year really is a great time for trail cams if you ask me.

I have my Bushnell Trophy cams set-up all year long and enjoy nothing more than that exciting moment when you first review your photos. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning, you know that same feeling when you’re inside your ground blind, or perched high in a tree-stand in the fall?

Wide-eyed and anxious because you just never know what image might be on there!

(Anyone who loves trail cams knows what I’m talking about)

Hey, and in Eastern ON or Western QC, you could have shots of wild turkeys, bears, predators and hopefully lots and lots of deer. Sadly, most of the images I get are of the neighbour’s cat, crows, raccoons, and with a smaller percentage of deer, turkeys and foxes.

So I have to sift through a bit of milk before I get to the cream, but that’s ok. 

‘Sure-shot Dave’ is another lad who enjoys trail cams; actually security and monitoring also happens to be his business. (You gotta love it when work and play come together in such a nice way)

Here are some of Dave’s recent trail cam images to enjoy (Nice to see the newborn fawn pics):





Here are some of my own trail cam pics taken over the past few weeks:


(This nice-looking 2-year old, we call Rainbow, survived a very large cyst last winter. The growth was on the left side of his haunch; which has all since healed over. Only a patch of skin is left where the hair didn’t grow back)


(This young doe I suspect has a fawn,I just haven’t seen it yet)



(Another young buck coming in for a look)


(Pesky coon inside the feed trough)



(Another doe checking out my Bushnell Trophy XLT. That older model has an element which glows, while the new one I have is completly invisible night and day)

Thanks to McDan for his ‘buck in velvet’ trail cam images. The 3rd image is just awesome:




Let’s just say the following images, sent in by Iggy, show bears being bears in the most natural sense. The amazing thing is to capture the act on film; two days in a row!



Happy trail-caming everyone and thanks for the shots.

Hey, if you have any of your own summer trail cam images, drop my a pm and send them along.  I’ll add them to the post.


23 thoughts on “Summer fun with trail cameras”

  1. Intersting picture of the fawn, I had a doe and fawn run across the dirt road on the way into our cottage last weekend and the fawn was the size of a Beagle, seemed way too small for this time of year, but there it was. I hope it grows fast because if not it won’t make it through the winter.

    1. Check out the new images I just added, sent in by McDan.

      There’s going to be some nice looking bucks out his way this fall!!


  2. great pics
    I’m going to the hunt camp this weekend and I think I’ll put out my camera for a couple days

    1. Iggy, you might as well just put the camera out and leave it there until the season starts. Depending on the type of trailcam you have and SD card you use, you should be good for 3 months or more without checking on it.

      Bet you’d have a whackload of good pics by the time you got back to check on it.


  3. I’m going to railroad this story and go on a tangent.
    Jeff delete this if you don’t think it belongs.

    Yesterday in the Ottawa Sun, there was a story about Elk and Turkeys in Ontario, written by some quasi outdoor writer???? Why it wasn’t written by Jeff is beyond me. It talked about the introduction of these two species, or should I say reintroduction and the damage they caused some farmer over Bancroft way. The farmer claims 250,000.00 dollars damage. The question I would have asked this farmer, do I look like I just fell off a turnip truck? 1 quarter of a million dollars damage????? Right, here, I’m with the government and let me just stroke you a cheque right now. If that’s the kind of money these farmers who claim to be poor make, then they don’t need our help, they need a bank to store the money
    The other question, and I don’t for a minute doubt that he has had damage, and should be compensated for it, but how many hunters has he allowed on his land for this falls Elk hunt. I’ll bet ……..none. I could be wrong, if so, show me.
    Just sayin

    1. Don’t worry Iggy, I read the same article and although I’m not really in a position to comment on it, I did have some questions.

      Speaking of elk, I just posted an official statement I received from the MNR this am on subject.

      It is in response to concerns Paul had over moose/elk management practises in WMU 21A, 21B and 22.

      It can found on a previous post:


  4. ig … the farmer lost that over 10 yrs apparently, to give ya an idea of scale … if that’s corn … that’s around 30-35 acres of corn lost per year (ball parking on the $5/bushel … 150 bushels/acre)

  5. appreciate the info Rob but I don’t think the Elk restoration is 10 years old, and even if it is, it’s just 10, and back then there were a lot less Elk
    All due respect to farmers, and it would piss me off too, but $250,000.00 ????? is asking for welfare money
    if it wasn’t Elk it would have been bears or moose or deer or weather or whatever, every farmer loses crops, but $250,000.00
    I must be a Turnip truck driver

    And Jeff, what happened to journalism, asking questions, getting to the truth of the matter. I know you would have asked the tough questions

    1. Iggy, I need to look into a bit first but I’m not sure the writer is someone with fish & wildlife experience, or simply a journalist covering a topic.

      The part that confused me was where the ON wild turkey was almost be presented a pest or hindrance; based on a couple of isolated incidents…that one through me for a loop.


  6. iggy about 40 bushells to the acer. and about 5 bucks a acer. so if it was a 200 acer field thats about 400 000 in ten years. soyabean is not considerd a high value crop like apples are.. ps i dont think there is a 200 acer farm anywhere in bancroft area i think this guy is blowing smoke.

  7. Well I have heard that farmers are not too keen on turkeys, and deer, and bears, and moose and now elk, oh and coyotes wolves foxes and coons, I guess they feel that they should have no animals but their own

  8. ig this is where I saw the elk problem …

    hes claiming $40k a year in damages, so equivalent to 8000 bushels a year of corn … so over 50 acres decimated per year …

    now this guy was a hay farmer … at 4 tons an acre … thats 6-8 bales an acre. Retail price is around $20/bale … so that 2000 bales a year, say 250 acres of hay, which is enough to feed 200 horses for the year

    me thinks it doesn’t add up too much

    1. Tks Rob, you have some neat shots in there.

      I like your homemade tube feeder, pretty neat idea. Do you have some sort of ‘valve’ in there to keep all your feed from emptying out?


  9. nope, it just sits in there until the stuff at the bottom is gone. Works pretty well, but I’ve found that if the deer have easy access to feed (pile, feeder etc) they tend to get their fill fast, and don’t urinate/defecate too much. I’ve gone this year to just spreading it around on the ground, 5 gallon pail every few days. They seem to hang around more, and I’m getting more hits at the sites. Obviously can’t do that in winter though, so I use the feeders

  10. i got some pics jeff.. of turkeys but took it down to to them working in the area putting up new deer fence and putting in a culvert and stuff. i will need to pattern the deer again as things will have changed … Now onto another issue can the SUN not leave your url alone I now have 3 book marks that are no good for you ..

    1. Sorry Chessy, I’m not sure why that happens. Perhaps they’re trying to make me harder to find, or more likely it has to do with the new site format.

      Anytime you have images you’d like to share, just send me a pm and I’ll post them.


        1. For those who had not noticed, I posted some new images above – sent in by McDan and Iggy.



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