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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

ROBERT SCHNECK WRITES: Trailcam suggestions

Hi Jon,

I was watching last month's OTT and had a thought about trail-cams. If you need to mount them on public land, maybe they'll be less noticeable with camouflage painted on the box. Found a short youtube video by someone who did that. No narration, just some before and after pictures, and, of course, the paint can change depending on where they're hung and the season.


Good idea Robert, thank you. We are also trying camouflage netting...

1 comment:

Dan said...

Another suggestion for you here: As Jon McGowans tried last year, some bait or other attractant near at least some of the trailcams would be a good idea. Liberally anointing a tree in the field of view of the camera with a mixture of glycerine and oil of catnip would be one way to do this; for added detail put markers onto the tree at 20 cm intervals.

I have in the past tried putting out relatively small amounts of catnip in the view of a CCTV camera I have at home; the effect on domestic cats is quite spectacular and they are able to detect the stuff from quite long ranges, too.