When you live in the woods, you’re never really alone. You may not see ‘anyone’ when you look around, But even if you don’t see them, ‘they’ are there. You often sence their presence. ‘they’ could be in the trees, in the woods or in the ground. You may catch some movement out of the corner of your eye, or hear a sound, maybe just a hint of movement. You may not see or hear anything but the hair on the back of your neck stands up.
We have learned a lot about who visits our yard by installing a wildlife trail camera. Though these aren’t commonly used by gardeners, these are a common tool of hunters. We bought ours at Cabellas for under $200. It stores info on an SD card that you buy.
We have seen deer, elk, coyotes, bobcats, bears, the neighbors dog and most recently a cougar. It also captured a strange car that came down to the house one day.
There are a variety of features. An Internet search for trail cams will bring up lots of options. Ours is a Bushnell. It’s worked very well for 2 1/2 years so far. We’re going to buy another and use both, one in the front and one in back yard.
Ours will take stills or video. It is motion activated. It takes color by day and the infra-red takes black & white photos by night. I change the eight aa batteries about once a year whether they need it or not.
It’s a great way to find out what might be in your yard. Maybe one day some I’ll be posting a photo of big foot, or maybe not. In the mean time, enjoy some of the photos the camera has captured in our yard. It is interesting for security also, although after the fact.