How Many Trail WebCams Do You Need?

When life moved a bit slower, hunters spent lots of time in the woods before hunting season started.  It was a great way to get the lay of the land and take notes on animal movements.

This, in turn, helped the hunter decide where to place tree stands or blinds.  This was an effective method — but very time-consuming!

Then along came this nifty little time-saver, called a …

Waterproof Trail Surveillance Camera

The price of surveillance cameras has continued to drop.  They are now

Clever Gadget that Watches Game for You!

in the price range of most hunting enthusiasts.

Because they work 24 hours/day and every day of the year, these workhorses can give information about the animals that call your patch of land “home,” as well as the deer — and other game —  just passing through.

Locations to Watch

If you can afford more than one hunting cam, you will need to prioritize your watching.  Remember that these tools offer knowledge.

Successful hunters are ones usually the ones who have advanced knowledge of the terrain, deer’s habits, bedding areas, etc.

Like us, deer move according to their routine and habit.  As you watch the time-stamped video, you will begin to see patterns.

Places to Consider

  • High traffic (well-used) game trails,
  • Where game gets water,
  • Where game feeds,
  • Narrows:  locations game traverse to get to other feeding/watering areas.

Benefits of a Trail Scouting Camera

The most obvious one is that a hunter can place a hunting stand or blind in the most favorable place to intercept the game he/she is seeking.

You will get the bead on locations for morning and evening hunts.

If I have seen the same deer, over time, graze, bed down, etc., I’m going to be more willing to stay in my hiding place, waiting for that deer, even when conditions aren’t much fun (rain, snow, etc.).

Being a successful hunter is all about knowledge, patience and luck.  A trail webcam can give knowledge and patience. You have to bring the luck to the party!

How Many Hunting Cams Do You Need?

Let’s return to our original question.  Only you can answer that question.

Determining factors will include:

  • How much land do you need to watch?
  • How many major game trails traverse the land?
  • How many of these gadgets can you afford?  Spread the cost around:  ask for one for your birthday, one for the holidays, etc.

Remember, with a hunter’s webcam, you can decide before the season starts which animal you want to find in the crosshairs of your gun! ;- )


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Why would you even ask me that?


I’m insulted!


Every time something goes missing around here,


everybody looks at me!



By Now You’ve Noticed

If you have searched for a previous article, it may not be here — or the links might be broken.  Almost 400 articles must be re-linked to my new website. It will take a little time.  They WILL be corrected.



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Finding Your Wounded Deer

Disclaimer: This info may help inexperienced hunters.  No, one solution is correct for every situation.


Is there anything worse than losing a buck you know you have shot?  Here are some common sense ideas for avoiding that long search.

A Wounded Animal is a Dangerous Animal! *

First Rule

After shooting and watching a deer fall, most hunters let down their guard.  This is when most deer are lost.

While you busy congratulating yourself, a deer that was momentarily stunned (and fell down) may get up and run away.  A hunter should be ready to shoot again.

If you see any sign that the deer is still alive — shoot again.  This holds true for arrows as well as guns.

If you have hit a deer in the neck, high on the back, or in the head, he might only be stunned.  Always make sure the deer is down permanently.

To bring this rule home, here’s a quick story about the awful experience of Randy Goodman, deer hunter.  It is a quick read; click on “deer hunter” and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Things to Watch for After Shooting

We all want our shot to kill the deer quickly, without suffering.  However, that doesn’t always happen.

Watch the wounded deer’s actions.  Limping or running on 3 legs, usually means he has a leg or shoulder wound.  Some deer instantly sprint away; generally this means this deer has been mortally shot.

A heart shot is usually indicated by the deer jumping and kicking out his hind legs.

Finding a Wounded Deer

I have yet to hear of a wounded deer that left bread crumbs for a hunter to find him!  I think trailing one is the worst thing about deer hunting.

Richard P. Smith, in his book, Deer Hunting,** has a lot to say.  I’m going to paraphrase some quick helps and return to this issue again soon.

Quick Tips

  • Once you realize the deer is moving, get help.  The deer may smell, sense or hear the other hunter. A moving animal is often easier to find:  (1) blood may continue to drip, (2) he is less likely to collapse in one of his hiding places or his bed.
  • Are dogs are legal in your state? Many states say dogs must be on leashes while searching.


Next Time: Interpreting Signs to Find Your Wounded Deer


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** Deer Hunting, 3rd Edition, by Richard P Smith, available thru his website.

Published in: on September 28, 2010 at 12:03 am  Comments (1)  
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The Skinny on Salt Water Fishing Equipment

If you have salt water and fresh water fishing equipment, you know that you spent a bundle more on the gear for saltwater fishing!

Salt Water Fishing Calls for Heavier Gear! *

Saltwater fishing rods/reels are larger and tend to hold more (and heavier) line.  These rigs are used in less friendly climates:  As you fish, surf, spray and humidity are taking a toll on your equipment.

Most rods come with a protective coat, but this wears away in the elements over time.

What we will talk about today are saltwater fishing gear maintenance:

Cleaning, Lubricating and Storing

These elements are important for all of your gear, but saltwater fishing equipment requires attention after every outing.  Failing to do these simple steps is like tossing money out of a window!


You are washing saltwater gear to remove the salt and chemicals — which are very corrosive to fishing tackle.  We line up the rods/reels along an outdoor wall and spray them carefully.

A little dish washing liquid helps cut through the salt and grit. Choose a  dish washing liquid without extra, harsh ingredients.  If you use a soap with degreasers, etc., and don’t remove all of it, you have created a new problem.  Simple is best.


Your reel needs a bit (a tiny bit) of extra tender loving care. Sporting goods stores sell reel lube oil.  A little bit goes a long way!

That dab of oil reduces friction in your reel and other moving parts — and keeps your fishing reel smoothly running.


Why is careful storage important?  Your gear is probably still wet and it needs to air dry.  Placing your reel and rod in a humid, moist area will help rust and mildew form.

Another concern is making sure insects and rodents can’t  make a nest in and on your equipment!

Keeping a rod out of the sunlight is another saver.  Twenty+ years ago, I sewed parts of an old sheet into a long tube.  The rods are still hanging in the garage, safe in that tube!

Even if the fishing line were free, which it is not, it still takes a long time to put new line on your reel.

With saltwater gear, remember: Take a little time now and save money and time later.


Next Time: Hunting – Finding Your Wounded Deer


Today is our Anniversary: My husband and I have been married 41 years!  Where has the time gone?


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Politics from the Grave

Subject: In Lieu of Flowers

This was in a recent edition of the Rome (GA) News Tribune.


Mr. Donald Charles Unsworth

“Mr. Donald Charles Unsworth, age 78, of Charlton Street, Rome, died Monday evening following a brief illness.

A memorial service will be held Monday, 1 pm, in the Thomas B Griffin Memorial Chapel of the Daniels Funeral Home with Rev. Bert Brooks officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm, at other hours they may be contacted at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requested that donations be sent to the American Cancer Society or to the campaign of who ever (sic)  is running against President Barak Obama in 2012.

A complete obituary will be published ….”



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Today’s Joke: The Next Stall

Traveling down the interstate and needing to use the restroom, I stopped at a rest area and headed to the restroom.

I was barely sitting down when I heard a voice from the other stall saying: “Hi, how are you?”


I’m not the type to start a conversation in the restroom and I don’t know what got into me,

But I answered, somewhat embarrassed,

“Doin’ just fine!”


And the other person says: “So what are you up to?”

What kind of question is that? At that point, I’m thinking this is too bizarre so I say: “Uhhh, I’m like you, just traveling!”??


At this point I am just trying to get out as fast as I can when I hear another question.

“Can I come over?”

Ok ~

“No..I’m a little busy right now!!!”


Then I hear the person say nervously… “Listen, I’ll have to call you back. There’s an idiot in the other stall who keeps answering all my questions.


~ Cell phones, don’t you just love them! ~


Tomorrow:  A Political Obituary!

You Won’t Believe it Until You See It!


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Today’s Joke: No One Believes Seniors!

No one believes seniors . . . everyone thinks they are senile.

An elderly couple were celebrating their sixtieth anniversary. The couple had married as childhood sweethearts and had moved back to their old neighborhood after they retired.

Holding hands, they walked back to their old school. It was not locked, so they entered, and found the old desk they’d shared, where Andy had carved “I love you, Sally.”

More Adventures

On their way back home, a bag of money fell out of an armored car, practically landing at their feet.

Sally quickly picked it up and, not sure what to do with it, they took it home. There, she counted the money-fifty thousand dollars!

Andy said, “We’ve got to give it back.”

Sally said, “Finders keepers.” She put the money back in the bag and hid it in their attic.

The next day, two police officers were canvassing the neighborhood looking for the money, and knocked on their door.

“Pardon me, did either of you find a bag that fell out of an armored car yesterday?” Sally said, “No”.

Andy said, “She’s lying.  She hid it up in the attic.

Sally said, “Don’t believe him, he’s getting senile”

The agents turned to Andy and began to question him.

One said: “Tell us the story from the beginning.”

Andy said, “Well, when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday ….”

The first police officer turned to his partner and said, “We’re outta here!”


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Vintage Hunting Photos!

Outdoor Life

The magazine, Outdoor Life, has some nifty vintage photos of hunters online.  They comment that some of these photos are 100+ years old!

Printed on the photo: 'One Day's Sport at Yellther (maybe Kellther), Minn."


This Photo is Dated 1915!

I wonder how these guys shot a deer each!  All I see are suits and hats, and not a lick of de-scenting soap or ghillie suit amongst them!

Maybe deer have gotten smarter over the years … or maybe it is just companies have gotten smarter about convincing us we need all the gear we use while hunting.  Hm-m-m-m-m, makes you wonder.

Just click on the underlined words, Outdoor Life Hunting for the rest of the 44 images available to admire.


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Amazing Photos: 9-11 Trucker

These photos and story are NOT on Snopes.  Since 9-11 is around the corner, I thought I’d share these photos.  I got these this pm.


Have you heard about the trucker

who has painted his cab and trailer with the

names of all those who lost their lives on


A Fateful Day in US History!


The trucker’s name is John Holmgren from Shafer, Minn. He has been ‘pulled over’ numerous times just so the troopers can get their picture taken with the truck.









Mr. Holmgren calls this “The Rolling Memorial”

I call it “Amazing!”


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Today’s Joke: My Green Hat

The other day I needed to go to the emergency room. Not wanting to sit there for 4 hours, I put on my GREEN HAT that I got from Newsmax when I had subscribed to the magazine.
When I went into the E.R., I noticed that 3/4 of the people got up and left. I guess they decided that they weren’t that sick after all.

Cut at least 3 hours off my waiting time. Here’s the hat. Try it the next time you’re in need of quicker emergency service.

It also works at DMV. It saved me 5 hours.
At the Laundromat, three minutes after entering, I had my choice of any machine, most still running.
Don’t try it at McDonald’s though. The whole crew got up and left and l never got my order.


Hope you got a chuckle!


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Published in: on September 4, 2010 at 6:16 am  Comments Off on Today’s Joke: My Green Hat