Sunday, January 1, 2017

Moultrie Camera Update - At The Shack

It had been months since I've visited The Shack and I missed it oh so much. There were many, many reasons I wanted to spend the last few days of December 2016 camping there, but the Moultrie Game Camera was one of those reasons.  It had been so long since the last time I checked it. I couldn't wait to see what had been caught on this wonderful little game camera up until the time that the batteries went dead - because after so much time the batteries had to be dead. Right? Wrong.


The Moultrie Game Camera Update


I purchased my game camera in the spring of 2016.  You can read the full review of the camera here. At that time, I found it easy to use and reliable at taking good photos of the wildlife and domestic dogs who were visiting my place on the ridge.  I highly recommended this game camera to one and all who were looking for a camera for wildlife, security, and similar purposes.

However, at that time, I did not know exactly how impressive this camera was!  You see, I last visited The Shack in the end of August/beginning of September. The camera was re-positioned on September 2nd.  I was not able to return until the end of December.  I thought surely the camera batteries would have expired by then. But they had not!

This little camera has taken some amazing photos from April to December 2016 on one set of batteries. In fact, the camera continued to take photos as I opened it up in order to turn it off on December 28th.

My only irritation with the camera has been some user error.  If you aim this at blowing tree limbs or the tops of tall weeds, you will end up with many, many photos of leaves blowing in the wind. However, aimed well, this camera takes great photos.  With a lot as steep as mine, it's not always easy to aim it away from the blowing flora.  But when I aim it away from the leaves, I am amazed at what visits my little bit of land.


Wildlife Visitors at The Shack


Dogs, cats (domestic), and deer have been the frequent visitors to my little camping cabin in West Virginia. I was thrilled to see what I would find on the camera during this trip. I hope you enjoy viewing my wildlife visitors and the changing seasons as much as I did.
























Whether using a game camera for hunting purposes, security purposes, or just to watch what is going on outside, I highly recommend the Moultrie. What great fun to see what is happening outside when you are not there. And when nature is going about it's business without humans present.  

My dream is to someday build a little gazebo or viewing deck under the crest of the hill (where my "yard" meets my woods) so that I can view this clearing which is invisible from my little shack deck. It will take some planning because I would want to build in a way that has low impact on the woods and wildlife but allows me to watch this activity in person. Until then, I'll just watch remotely via this wonderful little device.





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14 comments:

  1. Your game camera captured some delightful visits by your neighboring wildlife, Dawn Rae. What a treat for you to be able to see what is going on at your mountain retreat when you are not there.

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  2. Wow, that camera capture some amazing footage. I am glad the camera is working out for you.

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  3. How fun! Lots of action on that log - I have a critter highway aka the backyard ... I'd love to see who my little night visitors are - or do IğŸ˜Ž ?

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    1. or do you is exactly the question? I'm not so sure if I'm excited or horrified about the bear! :)

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  4. If we ever go back to Templeton I will have to get one of these. Wouldn't hurt to have one aimed toward the the back entrances of the house, either. It would be so much fun to see what wildlife visits our rural home, or what human critters up to no good might be around the back of our house. I olve your photos.

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    1. Thank you Barb. I have captured two human visitors. Both only their lights at night so my guess is they were both thinking about being up to no good. But so far, they seem like they stayed off the edge of my property. So that's good.

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  5. It's like Christmas every day when you get to open up new wildlife photos like these. Isn't wonderful knowing that your retreat is such a sanctuary for the abundant creatures that also call it home?

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    1. Diana, it is very much like Christmas every day when I get to peek at the wildlife hidden below the hill. I am hoping I can maintain this sanctuary in a good way (In the photos I am also eyeing the invasive plants that need to be removed before they harm this special place!)

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  6. Very impressive pictures! One of those critters looked like a wild hog. That's one thing I wouldn't want to see on our property, but I've heard that there are pretty good-sized hogs around here in Razorbacks country. Very nice to know that the battery remained active for such a long period of time. Awesome addition to your camera review!

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    1. Thank you. I'm fairly certain that one critter is that cat that is always around. In my previous group of photos I thought I had certainly caught a small wild cat on cam. But no... I think it is that stray cat. I do know a bit about wild hogs. My sons have been in hog country and told me the precautions they had to take. Yikes! I don't think we have wild hogs... but I'm definitely keeping an eye open.

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  7. Wow! Those photos are fabulous!!! You have certainly selected the perfect place to set up your camera. I am really impressed. Of course, I love all of the deer pictures, but that squirrel is adorable too. And, now we know for sure. There are bear in those woods :)

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  8. I am a game camera junkie. We have two in a food plot, one in the orchard, and a third in the wood yard. I need to set one up on the back porch to get pictures of the ermine.

    This summer we'll build an observation/hunting stand at the edge of the food plot. I'll spend as much time as possible working (outdoors writer) out there while I watch the wildlife. I don't expect to see much more than birds but that's okay. It's a nice place to be and the game cameras will tell me what was there at night. Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog. It led me here!

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