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Marc Anthony of Goodfield owns and operates Look Alive Taxidermy and Non Typical Hunter magazine. Anthony grew up in central Illinois and spent eight years as a commercial pilot before giving that up to spend more time with his wife Jan and three children, Victoria, Drake and Elesa. Anthony hunted on and off as a child but started seriously at age 30 and focuses on bowhunting for deer and turkeys. He's arrowed four bucks that meet the Boone and Crockett Club (net) standards and 20 Pope and Young Club qualifiers. Anthony is on the Pro Staff for Muzzy broadheads, Bear Archery, Vital Gear, Natural Predator, Non Typical Hunter and several other companies. He also is a member of the Outdoor writers Association of America, OWAA.


Non-typical Hunter

A Web log by Marc Anthony

Trail Cam Security

May 23, 2010 at 08:24 PM

If I had a dime for every time I heard someone say someone stole their tree stand, trail cam or anything else, I would be rich. It’s a shame but you cannot even trust your fellow hunter when it comes to keeping your equipment safe while it’s out in the timber. Nothing’s cheap anymore either, so if you lose a trail cam, you’re out out several hundred dollars, especially if it’s a good one. I saw some pictures from a friend’s trail camera where a guy was trespassing on his property and the trespasser saw the camera as he walked buy. Knowing he was busted, he tried to get the video card out of the camera so he wouldn’t get caught. He couldn’t do it but he busted the camera trying to. My friend took the pictures to the local police station and the guy was later caught. Not everybody is so lucky! If you are using those Reconyx cameras like I am, those puppies are $600.00 smacks a piece and I would be really ticked off if someone stole or busted those. Having not used trail cams until last year, I’m really enjoying the 21st century technology and don’t want to lose them!

I came up with a solution a year ago when I heard of my friend/s incident. I told him to post the trail cam where he wanted it to be and then take a second one and mount it high into a tree, where no one could see it, pointed towards the first trail cam. It worked! He lost the first cam as it was stolen but the thief was caught on the second camera. Better yet, it was the same guy who he had arrested before! Talk about stupidity! That’s what I’m going to do next week when I go back to my farm. I’m going to set the record straight that I don’t appreciate trespassers or theifs! With over 100 signs posted, there should be no reason for anyone to attempt something stupid.

In reality, I wouldn’t even mind someone else enjoying the place but what I don’t like is for the wildlife to be on alert 12 months out of the year. It makes a huge difference and separates it from becoming a public/state ground nightmare. Scouting all year is great but rambling through with 4 wheelers, hurling beer bottles and screaming isn’t exactly what I would call a sanctuary. One other thing I was contemplating was the use of satellite surveillance cameras that would capture license plates, faces, etc. and then send them to me in real time. Anyone have any experience with these? If so, I would like to learn more about them.

Besides the trail cams, I’m going to cut shooting lanes and paths next week also. When hunting from the ground, stuff gets in your way real fast! I’m also going to hang some tree stands in some places that seem to be good for stand hunting. When you think about it, we only have a bit over 4 months to go before opening day, so I’ve got a lot of work to do! Oh yeah, my 4 wheeler is broken, so I have to fix that also. October will be here before you know it!


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