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Re: 2017 Game Cam Thread
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Been getting quite a few of this oddball. Very interesting deer for reasons not obvious in this photo

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Re: 2017 Game Cam Thread
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Bottle-

Lol, feel your pain...

Small bucks on camera every year, green with envy at everyone else's photos.

Couple years ago I started experimenting with selective cutting/mowing. Found a mineral supplement that seems to work and the deer will actually hit in my area after they pretty much ignored everything else. Nothing too intensive from a labor perspective but I've definitely seen a turnaround in quality. More of these showing up every year along with more up-and-comers...


Posted on: 7/27 9:06:29
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Re: Solar chargers on fish houses
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You are right on the upper range for watts and charge control necessity. Generally you don't need a charge controller unless the system is 10 watts or greater. If the system was going to sit dormant so to speak for longer periods you may want to consider it for the 9 watt; you're just not converting fast enough below 10 watts generally to have to worry about overcharging given normal system use.

A monocrystalline panel is more efficient than amorphous, but also more expensive and bulkier.

Voltage drop is going to be negligible, I wouldn't worry about calculating it unless your runs are more than 20 feet and you have several fixtures on the same run. You do want to calculate your total amp consumption though, that will tell you how big of a panel/battery combo you actually need for the battery to keep up. LED's will run on much lower voltage ranges and draw less amps than the stereo. You just need to figure out a panel size that will keep the voltage above the tipping point for the stereo and speakers so to speak during peak use.

How many LED's are you thinking about, and what is the amp draw/minimum voltage required on the stereo, what's your longest anticipated run?

I guess if you want to keep it safe and simple:
Panel
Battery (I would go with AGM if enclosed for a couple reasons)
4 - 6 circuit fuse block (2 - 4 open for expansion)
Fuse protection between battery and block
2 runs of 10-12 gauge wire: 1 for LED's, 1 for stereo
2 fuses sized for amp draw and circuit protection on each circuit

All of the above depends on minimum voltage for the LED's, Stereo and amp draw. I know my LED's will run on anything between 8-14VDC, they also only draw .25 and .75 amps each depending on the fixture. No idea about your stereo's minimum voltage requirements.

You may also want to think about some type of QD connector for removal of the panel during transport or for security if you are going to be away from the shack/storage.

I actually took a flat-panel TV mount and converted it as a solar panel mount. I mounted my solar panel to a 3/4" treated plywood panel, then attached the TV mount to the back. The whole thing is inverted so I can adjust for different sun angle since I use it in both summer and winter (probably overkill on adjustability). When I need to pull the panel, I disconnect a two-pole flat QD connector between the battery and panel, then pull two release cords (came with the TV mount). This detaches the whole thing from the permanently mounted mounting plate.

Panels are all over the place now, your big decision is really mono, poly or amorphous. Many of the 10+watt panels come with a charge controller. They are getting harder to find now at lower prices, but the Battery Minder 15W amorphous systems came with all wiring, a charge controller/pulse desulfator and voltage meter. Cheapest I've seen lately was 149.00 online.

High CFM computer fans are also great if you want air circulation without compromising amp draw. They sip power like LEDs. Not sure what your heater setup is but it's another simple idea to consider.

Posted on: 2016/12/12 23:55
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Re: Cuddeback cam error
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Couple things you can try for any cam:

Check to see if there are firmware updates you can install - That option is out, I went to the Cuddeback site out of curiosity and there aren't any releases for the C3000

Clear your onboard memory/make sure it's clear before putting your SD card in

Check your SD card-
They can go bad. Make sure you let the cam format or manually format the card first before attempting to capture any images. It looks like the C3000 is pretty particular about file systems. It's using FAT32, if you popped the SD card into a USB reader and erased it from a PC using Win7, 8 or 10, there's a potential for it to have been reformatted using NTFS which the C3000 can't use to store images. It would throw an error after you put the card back into the cam that point.

I have the reverse problem with an old Moultrie. It uses FAT32, but my latest digital camera uses NTFS. If I put the Moultrie card into the digital to look at pics, it will either throw a "card cannot be read" or "Card contains no images" error. If I put it into an old digital point and shoot (FAT32), it reads just fine.

If the original card doesn't work after formatting, try a different card, but make sure that one is formatted by the cam as well.

Looks like there are no max SD Card size restrictions for the C3000, but it's worth looking into. I have one Primos that I can only run up to an 8GB card in. If I try to use a 16GB card, it doesn't error, but it doesn't store images either.

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Posted on: 2016/12/7 18:49
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Re: Grouse Patterns in Snow
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I was out yesterday (11.27) pulling some stuff out of stands for the year and brought the popgun along. I'm glad I did...

Flushed 6, managed shots at three and got two. I tried following tracks but never flushed any that way. All of them were on edge cover along balsam/ brushy transitions, and finding balsam/hazel stands with some bare ground seemed the most productive.

I could feel the hazel catkins in the crops, didn't even have to open one up to figure that out, they were gorging on the stuff.

I opened up both later and mixed in with the hazel catkins were a lot of wild strawberry leaves and something else (small leaves) I couldn't identify. There is still quite a bit of green wild strawberry along those balsam lines. The balsams kept the snow off the ground to a degree which made for easy pickings. Not sure what's in your area but this was in Carlton County. I'm sure once the green stuff finally goes dormant they'll finish off the hazel and move on to aspen buds. That's when I usually start finding them in aspen stands/in the trees.

Posted on: 2016/11/28 21:41
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Re: 2016 Whitetail Opener
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Thanks, I was pretty darn proud of him given the amount of time he's put in over 3 years only to consider passing on a deer, let alone his first. He felt a heck of a lot better about it after I showed him my first. The little so and so even had the brass to give me crap about how his first was so much bigger than mine...

'Course, he also knew that this guy was still out there running around and that was in the back of his mind at the time. Deceptive photo, we started calling him "Tank" because his body is just so dang big it makes that odd 7pt. rack of his look tiny


Posted on: 2016/11/17 15:48
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Re: 2016 Whitetail Opener
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Really unusual season for us in 183...

Tags were bucks only for the second consecutive season in 183. We had 14 different bucks on camera going back to mid-August, but only one of them was old/large enough to get a green light.

I'm interested to know if anyone else is seeing lots of 1.5's in 183? My SWAG theory (scientific wild-arse guess) is that with the bucks only restriction in place in 2015, the buck-fawns simply didn't get shot like they normally would and made it to 2016, maybe... 11 of the 14 sure looked like 1.5 year-old deer.

At any rate, high hopes before the season opened. Mostly for my son who has been trying for three years now to take his first.

Hope was at a low ebb the Monday before opener when I saw the forecast, but I kept it to myself since my son was chomping at the bit and the last thing I wanted was to be Debbie Downer for him.

Got in after dark on Friday night only to find 2 buddies of my neighbors to the east camping on my property. Long story behind that, but I kept my cool and let them stay put for a couple of reasons.

Saturday morning was the low-point, woke up to heat and SW winds which has been the kiss of death on our little slice of heaven.

I was able to swap 2 cards on my way out to the stand with my son. Hadn't gone near the cameras for the last 3 weeks, but 5 "new" bucks had shown up between Halloween and the day prior.

My Dad who is 80 and has a stand close to the cabin missed a decent 6pt. opening morning. We got a pic of it from a cam on a mineral site near his stand just as it stepped out before the shot; yet another "new" buck. The rest of us saw a fair number of does/fawns and my Brother in Law passed on a fork. Surprised at the amount of movement given the heat and wind.

My son and I both had Veterans Day off. Same marginal conditions but we saw quite a few does/fawns and caught one quick glimpse of antlers and a hind-end way off in the brush. Also found the first real rubs and a couple scrapes, pretty typical they don't show up until opener or after on our place other than the odd velvet rub early.

Saturday morning, same marginal conditions only worse because the wind was already roaring before sunup. Even my son was grumbling as soon as he went outside that morning.

Saw a few does/fawns quickly moving to bedding areas at first light, then nothing. At 9 I caught movement out of the corner of my eye. A buck was crossing a grassy strip going down-wind to our left. I poked my son and whispered buck. I've never seen someone snoozing like that drop the muffs and get ready so fast.

The buck got into some brush, then made a hard right and hit the trail in front of us at 75 yards. I had to baah twice with the wind to get it to stop. My son already had the gun on him and it was a loooong couple of seconds. All I could think was shoot, shoot, shoot. To his credit he whispers, "I think he's too small"; I dang near fell out of my seat. I say SHOOT!, and he makes a perfect shot. I'm not sure who was more excited.


Happy kid, proud dad in camp that day.

Posted on: 2016/11/17 9:43
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Re: Grouse
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Trying to finish up some permanent stand replacement, so no time to get out and walk, but I've been flushing grouse on the way to and from stands. Way more than the last couple years. Also have been hearing drumming activity picking up compared to just 2-3 weeks ago. Given the number of different spots I'm hearing it come from, there seem to be more out there this year in my area.

Saw more and larger family groups back in August. Woodcock are definitely on the move through central Carlton County now. I heard numerous birds Sunday morning early and late. I flushed birds in just about every low spot in my trails that collect standing water. Saw many flying down into the creek bottom just at dusk. Also had one flush from underneath the car on my way out the two-track. Talk about holding tight....

Posted on: 2016/10/11 9:24
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Re: Lund Ducker info
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Best I could find. Scroll down the .pdf, it's #187.

Looks like later models in the 60's underwent a design change.
1959 Lund Catalog

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Posted on: 2016/10/11 9:13
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Re: SD card question
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If you have a digital camera you probably don't need to even buy a USB SD adapter (although they are inexpensive).

Most Digi's come with a USB cable for downloading. Put your trail cam SD in the digi, plug it in, then copy the files to your PC after opening the file folder on the digital camera.

Posted on: 2016/9/12 18:36
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