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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Game Cameras - What's Lurking Around Your Barns

Having a game camera is a good way to keep an eye on what's lurking around your property.  If you have livestock it's a good idea to keep a watch on potential predictors whether they be human or animal.  A game camera can give you the ability to spot a problem before it becomes an issue just by keeping a check on what's hanging around when your not around.
This summer we noticed that some kind of varmint was digging under the wire on our chicken pens and decided it was a good time to set up the game camera and see what's hanging around the barns.   We don't think that any hens were missing but we knew a problem was beginning and we needed to put a stop to it before it got out of hand.
Predators are more likely to come at night but that's not to say they don't come in the day time.  Our biggest day time threats are hawks, our biggest night time threats are raccoon and opossum.
After setting a trap in the spot where the critter was digging under the pen we discovered it was a skunk.

 It's kind of hard to determine what this critter is but I think it's a fox.  We've not seen him during the day but if he's hanging around at night he's surely here during the day.  They don't call them sly for nothing.
We didn't even know we had a fox around until we seen this photo.

We actually started watching the game camera early in the spring, just to keep an eye on things.  It's really fun to check it each morning to see what it captured.  I've saved the pictures all summer long and thought it would be fun to share with you all what's hanging around our backyard.
This doe decided she would get an up close look at the camera.

Here's the doe with one of her fawns,
she has twins.  We've watched them all summer as they play, run and jump through the yard.  She has raised twins here now for the past two years maybe longer.

This is the only picture I have of the three of the together.  They're getting so big now.

This is the buck who's been stripping my Christmas trees bare!  They're beautiful animals but they're sure hard on my trees.

Game Cameras are also good for catching that fisherman sneaking in to fish at your pond. Smile dad your on candid camera.

Catching a glimpse of a wild monkey in your backyard is always fun to see.  The granddaughters have figured out the camera and always leave grandpa a cute picture.
Sometimes the only picture we get is of the farmer checking the game camera.

Just thought I would share what's lurking in my backyard, aren't you curious what's in yours?
Have a great day.


  1. Larry might be due for a nose hair trim. HeeHee

  2. Thanks for the reminder. I need to move the game camera today to the orchard. We took down the deer fence that was trapping and catching deer instead of keeping them out. I am tired of repairing the fence after the deer panic. Back to hanging smelly strong strips of fabric softener sheets.