Preppers: Avoiding Trail Cameras
Kevin Felts 09.11.17
While scouting the woods for a remote bug out location, one thing we do not want is our picture taken. The second thing we do not want, is our picture posted on social media, such as Facebook.
If you do get your picture taken by a trail camera, there is a chance it will be posted on social media and shared. Usually, the person who has the land leased, or the property owner, will want to know who you are and why you are on their land.
The easy way to avoid having your picture taken is to avoid trail cameras.
What is a trail camera?
It is a battery powered camera that is inside a water resistant housing, which is usually mounted on the side of a tree. Hunters use the trail cameras to know what types of wildlife are in the area. The camera is motion activated and will take a picture when something moves in front of it.
Here on the farm I use a trail camera in the chicken yard. This lets me know how many opossums or raccoons are roaming the yard at night. I also use a trail camera on the back of the property where I have gotten pictures of a coyote and bobcat.
Look for trail cameras around feeders or other sources of food for deer, such as oak trees. It is unlikely someone mounted a camera on a trail at some random location. Usually, the cameras will be placed on a wildlife trail or overlooking a food source.
When scouting, keep an eye out for wildlife feeders. Chances are the feeder will have a trail camera pointed at it. So, one easy way to avoid cameras is to stay away from feeders.
When following an ATV trail, keep an eye out for trail cameras. There is a better chance of a camera being on a trail then out in the woods at some random location. That way, rather than walking to where the camera is at, the person can ride their ATV.
Some cameras have the ability to connect to a cell phone tower and can send pictures instantly to the owners cell phone. This poses a serious concern when the owner of the camera is nearby. You could have your picture taken, the owner of the camera know about it and be on the way, and you have no idea someone is about to show up.
When scouting, good luck and stay safe.