Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Game Camera Experiment




My wife and I went up to our small family place in Lampasas County yesterday to check on cattle and wildlife. I have two game cameras that we were thinking about putting out near the supplemental feeders we have for deer and other wildlife. This is what we have always done in the past. I decided it would be fun to make a predator scent post just off the road and see what comes along. It is not like we are in a wilderness area with lots of predators but we see the odd coyote, bobcat or fox fairly often so I am hoping this will be a way to observe what predators actually hunt the game on our place. I cut and drove a cedar limb about 1.5 inches in diameter and about two foot in height right beside the ranch road close to brush and placed a camera where it would take a picture of what ever comes up to the scent post. At the bottom of the scent post I sprayed some bobcat urine and on the post itself I placed a commercial call lure made of predator glands. Next time I go up I plan on adding fox urine to the mix and see what that calls in if anything. Before I left my Springer Spaniel hiked his leg on one of the scent posts so the marking has already started. It will be a couple of weeks before I go back to check the cameras and put new scents on the posts. My wife and I are excited about the experiment and can't wait to see what comes to the scent posts if anything. I hope to be posting pictures for you in a few weeks. Try your own game cams out and send me some pictures if you get something unique.
Hope we get some good shots, Wild Ed



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3 comments:

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Ed, I love the wildlife photos you post here. I really look forward to them.

Hope you get some rain and cooler weather soon.

Wild Ed said...

I am humbly flattered and will try to take and post more pictures in the future. I am glad that they please someone.

Some rain and a cool front would be greatly appreciated. I told my wife yesterday that the Apache knew how to dress for hot weather and that if we move to the country I may start running around with knee boots, a head cover and a loin cloth. I do not think she was amused. Ed

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

"I may start running around with knee boots, a head cover and a loin cloth."

Heh heh. Yep, that would be a heck of a wildlife photo.