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    Trail Cameras Getting Munched

    So... Two of my trail cameras got munched by bears and elk this Summer pretty soon after I put them out. I put one out on June 8th and it was destroyed by the 24th. Anyone have experience with this?

    They didn't last long and it was a pretty huge let down to hike back in 6 miles and find destroyed cameras.

    Is there a way to keep the critters from messing with them?

    Are some cameras louder than others?
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    I have mine in metal cases and in some spots the Elk LOVE to lick, rub, scrape, and otherwise mess with them. If they weren't in the cases I am sure I would have lost 2-3 by now.

    I am not sure why the mess with them but I can tell you that they only do it within the first day of me setting them or swapping out cards. So I am thinking it has something to do with my scent, maybe some residual salt from handling things.

    If you aren't all ready make sure to only handle it wearing nitrile gloves, this includes the card, batteries, cables, and straps. Once put up I give it all a good spray down with some no sent spray.

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    Yep I Had a bear try to take mine from a tree. Got a good picture of his snout. He lost interest though. I could tell he was tugging on it as the strap was all bunched up

    My experiences are just that... My Experiences.... and should be taken as such. I claim not to be an authority on anything just a guy who loves the outdoors and hopes to share his passion with others who enjoy it also..

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    Ya I've lost a few cameras to bears. Now all of mine are in a metal bear box with a padlock and a Python cable lock going through the box and around the tree. In 1 area the bears were still biting from the corners and still getting their teeth into it, wound up adding 1 1/2 screws all over the face from the inside. For safety of transport I cover all the screws with rubber vacuum line so if I fell on it I would't look like i wrestled a porcupine. I have found a few screws covered in blood but never lost another camera to that area

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    Yep does happen unfortunately lost one more to a bear last year. Rumor is use gloves on camera to keep your scent to help prevent curiosity
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    I always have elk and bears messing with my cameras. I have thousands of pictures of my camera being bounced around if I don't check them regularly. Which is also why I buy the cheaper cameras even if they aren't infared because I know they will see it either way and they are curious and like to check them out.

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    camlockbox trail cam security boxes are the best that I have found; not thin cheap sheet metal but heavy thick stuff.

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