Well, when I set the camera a week ago, and the picture I shared of it’s “view” has nothing to show for the 4-5 days it was up. User error. I took so much time prepping the area, clearing weeds and sticks, and making sure the camera was hanging nicely, that I forgot to turn the camera on! What a rookie mistake.
When I went back to the spot a few days ago to check it, there was actually someone walking in the woods right by the camera. I had it set on my parents property, but still…there was someone wandering through the woods. They weren’t out hunting either, I assumed by the football jersey I saw him wearing. I had the dogs with me, so luckily I saw him before they did, and I turned back and left the area until I saw him leave. I really didn’t want to chase them around! I wasn’t comfortable with that whole situation, so I grabbed the camera and left. Because I’m borrowing it, I would be really really bummed out if someone stole it from me.
My parents have 10 acres of rural land, so there are plenty of spots to put the camera. This time I moved it to a little creek running through the woods on the opposite side of the property.
|IR camera in it's new location|
In front of the camera you can see the bait I left- I took the handful of dog food that one of the dogs left in her bowl, a combination of wet/dry food, and smeared it on the trunk of that downed tree. I thought that fishy smell of the canned dog food would draw in a weasel. Nope.
First, my naughty puppy snuck into the woods at some point and raided the camera trap site.
Next, this feral cat made several appearances Christmas Eve and Christmas night. Apparently my parents have seen it on the second floor of their deck off the back of the house recently. Lovely!