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Stolen Trail Camera

Had a moultrie I40 stolen last night.  It was there when I got out of my tree, and this morning it was gone.  I was hunting about 15 miles SE of Harvey.  I have hunted there for a number of years and never had any trouble.  My name and number are on the side of the camera.  I know its a long shot, but any help would be great.

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Did you report it to the local Sheriff?   You also might tell the local game warden. 

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Was it on public  property

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I did not report it to the sheriff, I did talk to a local to see if he seen anybody around.  The land is non posted private land.  I had a double bull blind stolen before and the sheriff said their is nothing they could do without some kind of proof. 

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Was it locked up?????

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Sounds like you are pretty close to my playground.  I didn't hunt this weekend but I was out and about and saw a couple of vehicles that looked out of place and found above average beer and pop cans tossed on the roadways.  Now that I know we have misfits in the area I'll be more vigilant.

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Sorry to hear about that. I have had 10 or so tree stands stolen in the past few years. Gets pretty expensive to outfit other people who think they are hunters.
Have thought of a few ways to deal with it, just don't think I dare do them.

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It was not locked up.  They had to steal it in the dark, so they were preparred.  No lock box would of stopped them.  Does anyone out there have a good way to lock them up, factory or home made.  It will at least make it a little harder for the passer by.

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Its getting bad when a guy needs a trail camera to watch whos stealing his trail camera.

Wouldn't it be nice to catch somebody in the act?  Waterboarding would be a luxury. RRR!

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I lock most of mine up with cable locks pretty much like bike locks.  Some I just have a chain a padlock on it but either way they all get locked up.   After that all my trail cams get cable locked up too.  Hope its enough, so far it has been.  I do quite a bit of hunting on public land so you never know


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You can put as many locks and chains on it as you want, if they want it they will take it. I've had acouple of stands stolen from public land and the lock was laying at the bottom of the tree. Nothing that there bolt cutter couldn't take care of.

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i agree spooky. But if you have it locked up they will have to work for it. They will more than likely have to go back to their pickup or back home to ge the proper tools. It makes it more of a thought out CRIME. I have had a trail cam stolen. it sucks.

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and I have found numerous trail cameras and just keep on walking.

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I know what you are saying too bowhunter, but the guys that do this crap I think are pretty prepared for what they do. I watched a different truck in an area last year for a couple of different days. I think they cased the joint and a week later my three and a four more stands I know of were gone and two trail cameras. These guys are not hunters or sportsmen they are slobs. The same ones that throw their garbage everywhere and countless other things. No respect for anyone or anything.

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JB Welding a razor blades in inconspicuous areas may not stop the crime, but you may eventually find out who was there.....
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I wish I could put a gps beacon in them.  It would be pretty sweet to drive right up to their house.

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You probably could put in gps tracking, not sure how much it would cost though, Would be fun. On the same note. A guy I know had his dog taken off of his porch several years ago. Someone told them that there had been a certain color pickup there earlier. That pick up was now parked out north of town at the migrants trailer house. The deputy went out there and found the dog but said there was nothing that could be done unless someone saw them take the dog. Hard to believe.

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i mostly hunt state land as well in MN and ive never locked up my trail cam and yes i still have it. i just put them where nobody else wants to walk to. and when you set it up face it away from roads so if a deer walks by at night you cant see the flash if its not an IR cam. i never put mine within a mile of a road and never out in the open

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Kimber84 i caught him and im sure he is probably got yours too. Am currently working with wells co. sheriff to get my stuff back. Took my treestand and trail camera this morning, im glad for the rain last night which helped his tire tracks show up real good in the mud so it should be pretty easy for them to make this stick. I'll keep u posted. I was hunting just east of where u are at about 5 miles.

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stickbow Said:
Kimber84 i caught him and im sure he is probably got yours too

I hope the judge does his job ,
 Elkhunt said     The deputy went out there and found the dog but said there was nothing that could be done unless someone saw them take the dog. Hard to believe.  Thieves seem to  have more rights that the people they steal from.

 

 

 

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Well on a positive note got my stand and camera back. On the negative side here is some info for anyone who hopefully never has to go through this. There will probably be no prosecution as the states attorney will more than likely not pursue this type of matter. This still remains to be seen but that is what the sheriff told me. Please speak with landowners and make sure you know who's land you are on posted or not. Just so you know the landowner apparntly has the right to take whatever is on thier land. This is not the case is someone parks in your driveway and you take their car but nonetheless.... Any equipment taken under 500 dollars is only a misdemeanor over 500 and its a felony. That may draw more attention towards prosecution but who knows anymore. Im a little sour over this whole matter as Ive been waiting for this wind to hunt and I spend all day fighting to get my proprty back, just to find out that the bad guy gets away scott free. Good luck to all out there bowhunting.

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stickbow Said:

speak with landowners and make sure you know who's land you are on posted or not.

we might as well take your advice because it looks like you don't use it anyway,   If you put a stand up on private land without permission,   you had the buggy in front of the horse.   Not saying what the land owner did was right , Just that asking first would have saved you  a lot of trouble.

 

 

 

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kimber84m Said:
Had a moultrie I40 stolen last night.  It was there when I got out of my tree, and this morning it was gone.  I was hunting about 15 miles SE of Harvey.  I have hunted there for a number of years and never had any trouble.  My name and number are on the side of the camera.  I know its a long shot, but any help would be great.

You said you have never had any trouble before,but then you said you lost a double bull blind stolen before??Sounds like if you lost a blind before in the same area why would you put up a game camera??

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The doublebull was in my uncles posted yard in a totally different area.

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It was the landowner that removed your things from his property?

 

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stick,

i would place a personal call to ur SA.  you've got a full time one down there and the case load isn't so big that they can't prosecute a theft just because it is a misdemeanor.  think shoplifting... i am sure those don't go unprosecuted just because they are misdemeanors.  and ur sheriff is wrong.  u can not just take someone elses things just because it is on ur property.  if u take it and ur intent isn't to give it back, it is theft.  make some phone calls or stop by someone's office and ask for a face to face explanation.  i would not just let this go.  

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we have encountered this problem before, unfortunately a lock only keeps out an honest person, that is why we developed a trail camera stand that helps you conceal your trail camera in the bushes instead of in plain sight on the side of a tree and it can be chained or cabled and locked to a tree. we are going to post it on our website tomorrow for sale. trophyhuntingproducts.com  sorry to here about your camera, i hope you find out who took it. they are not cheap good luck

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this is how u bust them,best camera u can buy if u  have problems with them geting stolen gps connected, not only can u trace it ucan view the pics from ur home internet its awsome. sorry bout it getting stolen

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its even got built in password protectd to its a great buy

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Hey, we had our deer cam stolen between Sept 4-Sept 11.  Was set it up to help out a first time bow hunter and had enjoyed 3 weeks worth of pics, checked on it yesterday and the Stealth cam was completely gone.   I live about 30 miles from Harvey.   Wish something could be done.

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What can be Done???You put a expensive camra out in the middle of no-whereIVe got one camera,been lucky so far,have pictures of other hunters looking at my camera and looking at the trails it is sitting on.this is on public land,so far no takers

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You have to be a complete loser to steal a camera or any other hunting equipment that is out in the field.  It is amazing the losers that are out there.  Most of these types of people are also the people who violate game rules and poach. 

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Enslow Said:
You have to be a complete loser to steal a camera or any other hunting equipment that is out in the field.  It is amazing the losers that are out there.  Most of these types of people are also the people who violate game rules and poach. 

I agree these are also the type of people that rip down posted signs which seems to happen about twice a year on some land my pops owns.

This has been mentioned on this site before but check out these cams.
http://spypoint.com/EN/trail-cameras/TINY-W.html

They have a "black box" that backs up your photos.  Just hide the box well near your trail cam, and your pics will be backed up and you will probably be able to identify the klepto jack*ass that stole your cam. Unfortunately these trail cams are quite spendy, but may be worth the coin of you are able to catch the pricks (excuse my language but I cannot tolerate these types of people). Hopefully the price will come down as other companies catch on.

They also sell dummy cameras that you can set up and have a real camera clevelry hidden pointed at the fake one.

I also think someone posted on here a way to make a nice box that houses the cam and can be chained and locked to the tree but could not find that post.

Anyways good luck and hope you can get your cam back!!

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Hi fellas I was ripped off to sometime between Thursday and sat am. Trailcam (moultree) is missing. Hunted the stand 6 days in a row so I have a good idea who it is as they were snooping around my truck one day. (Red ford ot chevy). I'm about 10 miles ne of granville. Hunting private land.

They missed cam #2 so ill give them till Monday morn to return it...

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chad711 Said:
Hi fellas I was ripped off to sometime between Thursday and sat am. Trailcam (moultree) is missing. Hunted the stand 6 days in a row so I have a good idea who it is as they were snooping around my truck one day. (Red ford ot chevy). I'm about 10 miles ne of granville. Hunting private land.

They missed cam #2 so ill give them till Monday morn to return it...

So you have pics of who stole cam #1?

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Yes it sucks as I have also lost. Put only on private posted land with permission as I share the pictures with Ithe owners but still lost.  I think the owner of land was more upset than I was.
But one thing has helped me.  Put a pole up with what looks like a camera they have in stores with an antenna on it.  They put up a sign with smile you are on camera. 
The word got out about how I watch people from my TV at home.
A person I know was having trouble with people coming to his farm on posted land.  Lives in town. 
So he told people he was going to be gone for a while but instead stay at the farm site.  
Later he told the people in the bar who had came up to his stand.  Told them they were on the video camera he had just bought that works in the dark..  They quit coming.  db

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Don't want to change the subject,but you Sat I'm the same stand 6 days in a row??why??

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Don't want to change the subject,but you Sat I'm the same stand 6 days in a row??why??

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Oh oha double post,Thu my phone,should no better than to try and work and post at the same time!!!

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I was hoping to arrow my first ND buck ! That is why I hunted every evening. Thank you for your input lol.

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murdock1978 Said:
Don't want to change the subject,but you Sat I'm the same stand 6 days in a row??why??

Kinda like drilling a hole in a stock pond to catch a limit of eyes, or trying to hunt in town..

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Been bowhunting for ove r 30 years And have shot more bucks than you are old.Never Sat I'n the same stand six nights in a row!how's that for input??

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Wow my great day just gets better. I'm working every day out here 12 hours a day. When I get off for the day I want to sit and enjoy the last hour or so in the stand. Had deer under me every one of those days . I'm sorry that I don't have the time to go out and set multiple stands . What a friendly fella you are .

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You must be a early riser,since there is only about 12 and 38 mins of daylight.Didn't say anything about multiple stands,I just have two,can be a friendly guy,if somebody else us buying!Bucks probably got you pattern,time to move your stand or give it a rest.Imo

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The subjects we find to discuss on here and debate.

If I understand it right one can wear out their welcome to a stand in the eyes of a deer.  I have ponder that issue before and guess I can agree with the reason for not going to a stand every night.  And I do try to stay away from certain stands as I to am concern with the fact that deer will avoid my stand due to scent or whatever.  Same with not leaving my camera at a plot for a period of time.  I feel in watching deer there are some that are camera shy.
One time I had a decent buck (150) coming up but found he would look for me.  One night I did find him in the cattails watching me about 100-150 yards away.  So I left earlier but hid some distance away.  As soon as I hid he came out and up to my stand.
I had another decent buck that was always in my camera.  Maybe in the 160's gross.  I did try to harvest but found that every night I went up he was not there.  But the day before and the day after he was in the camera.  This will be the fourth year for this buck and I have not found him yet.  But if I do I have a plan to try an outsmart him this year.  Will it work?  Well I need to find him first.
At the same time when it is 20 below, a pile of corn along with the food plot I find deer seem to keep coming no matter how often I go up or how many pictures I take.  A the same time I do not have a test plot to determine if that is right.
But if you want to go up every night with a big part of it the joy of just being in the stand and getting your mind on straight.  I say go for it and I would do the same as that is the reason I go to my stand on many occasions.  There is more to hunting than killing.  db

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I should of said a lot more.  db

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Good post DB.

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murdock1978 Said:
You must be a early riser,since there is only about 12 and 38 mins of daylight.Didn't say anything about multiple stands,I just have two,can be a friendly guy,if somebody else us buying!Bucks probably got you pattern,time to move your stand or give it a rest.Imo

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Depends, is he hunting over a baitpile or not??If you know what you are doing,when you hunt over bait,I like to use rivers or hills, clearings ,dead falls etc,etc to my advantage.where you decide which way the deer have to come into the baitpile!

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A good baitpile stand is where the doe,s and fawns come in first to eat.If that doe doesn't bust you,you got a good set up!!Pretty soon that buck who's been watching the other deer eating will come in .

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Some people don't have many spots to hunt becuase this is the state of the post sign and secondly like in my case the bait pile.  So when you start talking bait pile in my mind that isn't hunting anyway.  Any buddy can put a stand out with bait and have deer  come in but takes skill to pattern deer while scouting and harvset one.  So if the guy wants to hunt his stand everyday who cares.  Thats why this sight is a joke it is a bunch of people talking stupid and when someone does start a post the topic gets changed.

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