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Old 08-31-2009, 02:41 PM
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I am going to a friends ranch in a couple weeks that he shares with his brother. We need to find a lost trail cam, the brother set it somewhere around a feeder but we can't find it and he doesn't remember where exactly he set it. I was wanting to know if anyone knows of any methods for finding them ya'll have, obviously using our eyes and just looking aren't working. I can't really spend alot in the electronic dept, but would like to hear any advise. thank you for your time and responses.
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i actually thought of setting up a trailcam on my driveway to record visitors.
unfortunately i was afraid it would be stolen, so i decided against it.

as for placing one in the bush? i would mark its' location by GPS so i could easily find it.

good luck.
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Does it have an infrared flash? If so someone watching you through a video camera (or digital still camera or phone camera viewer) as you walk around in dusk and trigger the flash may reveal it's location.

I haven't actually tried this, but since one can view IREDs (infrared emitting diodes) with a camera it may have a chance of working.

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Metal detector???
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as for placing one in the bush? i would mark its' location by GPS so i could easily find it
That's what I plan on doing when I find it. Going to completely map out his property and get a map printed up both with satellite and topo to use one for display and for functionality. I want to make it very detailed, maybe even with photos and put something together on Google earth...private of course.
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I just keep thinking of all the pictures your gonna get of a couple of guys plodding around the ranch looking for something.
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Walk around the feeder at night. It will flash white or red if it still has juice and room on the memoery.
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I have been using game cameras for 10 years and have never come close to "losing" a camera. It sounds like your friend's brother is an idiot.

If he set the camera up on or near a feeder, maybe it has been stolen. That would be the first place I would look if I were going to steal a camera.
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I have been using game cameras for 10 years and have never come close to "losing" a camera. It sounds like your friend's brother is an idiot.

If he set the camera up on or near a feeder, maybe it has been stolen. That would be the first place I would look if I were going to steal a camera.
Haha, your reply makes me laugh
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Any Squatch in the area?
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THE problem is..
IF someone handled the camera with hands smelling of food/bait/whatever, there is a chance it might not be where it was left.

Last fall I put out one of those compressed fruit blocks for the deer, then I set up my camera once the block was in position. I had blurred smeared pics of the deer as they licked at the camera because the scent carried onto it from my hands.

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If it was the right scent some critter could have hauled it away.
I know it happens because a friend had a pic of the fox that carried his away when it was just leaned against a tree. The fox dropped it about 30yds away when it figured plastic wasn't good tasting. Just luck that he found it.
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i actually thought of setting up a trailcam on my driveway to record visitors.
unfortunately i was afraid it would be stolen, so i decided against it.

as for placing one in the bush? i would mark its' location by GPS so i could easily find it.

good luck.
Eyeballs are the only way you will find it without GPS coordinates or a better memory. It will be difficult if the area has become overgrown with brush. I would gather up as many friends as you can, go to the feeder, and have them spread out and hunt for it. Someone is likely to spot it. Have them focus on looking for the cam's color.

I select the best locations for a trail cam in advance and mark each as a GPS waypoint. My new Garmin eTrex 30x gets me within 5 feet of any waypoint I set. If you have a newer GPS unit and it uses the Russian GLONASS satellites, turn that feature on. That in combination with the USA GPS system increases accuracy dramatically. My accuracy went from 15 feet to 5. At 15 feet I was sometimes having a difficult time locating the cams if they were well-hidden from thieves.
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Would this work?

https://spycentre.com/products/camer...RoCTscQAvD_BwE

https://www.deluxecctv.com/catalog/c...RoC8VMQAvD_BwE
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Gee after 10 years in the woods it's gone. Besides the film in that old of a unit has to be bad.
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Guess he should have setup a trail cam to catch the person that stole his trail cam...
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Guess he should have setup a trail cam to catch the person that stole his trail cam...
you joke, but I had 3 cameras stolen from my property. I now have a camera watching a camera watching a camera.
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Black and white video cameras can "see" infrared light". If the camera is still operating and has infrared LED's for night vision, it will show up like a flare on a black and white camera.
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