I love shooting animals.
With my camera.
As a native Michigander, I grew up hunting. But something happened a few years ago. I just didn't want to shoot them with a gun anymore. So I started using a camera. I have nothing against those who do. I still head out to the marshes with my friend Jay and sit for hours on end in a duck blind. I just don't want to kill them.
Anyway, as part of our RV traveling, I've sometimes used a trail cam to see what wildlife happens to be around when we're not, or sleeping inside our Roadtrek.
You can see some of the photos I've snapped over the years and how I set it up below.
Trail Cams are pretty sophisticated these days and very popular with deer hunters. Set one up on in the woods near a game trail and hunters can pretty much find a guaranteed ambush spot and time during hunting season.
Why not take one RVing, I wondered? If you're like me, you know there are critters out there near the RV. Usually, they keep their distance when you're out and about. But disappear for a while and they show themselves.
So, not far from my favorite spot near the Paint Creek in Oakland County, Michigan, I set up a Cuddeback scouting camera to see what was nearby. Here's what it looks like.
Trail and scouting cams vary in price from under $100 to over $1,000. The more expensive ones are wireless. The Trail Camera Reviews website does a nice job of covering the basics and telling you want to look for in each model.
The unit I have records photos to a flash card and runs on four D batteries. I can get several hundred pictures before having to replace the batteries. It is motion activated and takes 3 MP color photos during the day time infra red black and white shots at night. It's about five years old. I am very seriously thinking about upgrading to a better one. If you think that's a good idea and want to see what higher quality images and trail cam video looks like, let me know under comments and I'll get one and do a future post. I've got my eye on one and I just need your encouragement to convince Jennifer we need it because our readers are clamoring for it.
Meantime, here's some images captured with my old trail cam. It's amazing what's out there.