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Obsessed with bowhunting whitetails and running trail cams! Love fishing, 3D Archery, camping, and teaching hunter education. Been a member of the Mossy Oak ProStaff since 2008 and is excited to become a part of the team here at Victory Outdoors.

Running Waterfowl Trail Cameras

I normally run my trail cameras year-round, but until this year I’ve never run any waterfowl cameras. This is mainly because I’ve never had a good safe place to run them where the subject matter outweighed the risk of cameras being stolen. Since our new farm has a small pond I figured I would put a few cams out and see what happened. Within a few days, it was clear there were plenty of animals using our little pond. Along with plenty of wood ducks were frogs, turtles, raccoons, owls, Canada geese, and a hooded merganser or two. I have never been a waterfowl hunter, but I do enjoy seeing these colorful birds and I’m glad they are hanging around. I hung a wood duck box around the same time I put the cameras out. I haven’t looked in the box lately, but I have seen several ducklings swimming with their mother when I’ve gone down to the pond lately, so they have obviously found a suitable nesting area somewhere. Since this was my first attempt at waterfowl cameras I wasn’t quite prepared for the task at hand.  I have never had so many pictures to sort through, as each camera took several thousand pictures each week and I had four cameras around the pond. Two of the cameras also took a short video along with the pictures. It would take several hours to check the cards every few days. It was a bit overwhelming. I guess that is a good problem to have.  I would say my first waterfowl camera adventure was a success. Of the tens of thousands of pictures, these are some of my favorites.

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