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    whats everyones experience with placing cams on public land ?
    do they get stolen/ taken often ?
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    Only use what your willing to lose.

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    Depends how easy the access is. Anywhere that can be reached by ATV or foot trail has a decent chance of growing legs.

    I have several bear baits that are water access only with no trails or visible sign that anything is in the bush. Had cameras on them for 5+ years with no issues.
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    ive you have a Atv drive up to where you wanna put it stand on your atv and aim the camera down by putting a stick between the top of the camera and the tree. almost 0% chance of someone seeing it, or if they do they cant reach it.

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    I own 6 trail cameras of which 2 are on Crown land and 2 are in unfenced/unattended private bush. Hunting on Crown land is different in Northern Ontario; because there is so much of it, the hunting pressure gets spread out. Where I hunt, local hunters tend to hunt private land while the non-local hunters hunt both. Very few hunters on Crown land venture far from a road or trail so I found that my stand and camera sites are safe if I set up in areas off the beaten path.

    Consider how you use your cameras and why you use them. Are you just taking pictures of wildlife, or are you trying to determine the number and sex of game? Some folks set up their cameras along game trails and hope to get a sense of the number and types of animals that in the area. Another way to do this is to set up off the game trail (i.e. in a secluded spot) and use bait to attract game to the camera. Eventually game will find the bait and will pose for a photo.

    My advice to those that hunt crowded Crown lands is to set up their cameras in areas that are over-looked or hard to reach. Don’t make it easy to find your spot by creating an obvious trail or path! Good luck.
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    Mom always warned me not to leave my toys outside laying around. I didn't pay attention and some a**hole swiped my bike. Since then,I don't leave anything anywhere some skell can swipe it and that includes game cameras.
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    Python locks work great.
    Set them off the main trail if possible
    If you absolutely have to set up on a main trail, use a couple sections of tree stand ladder to put them up high. Sucks for checking SD cards, but most morons who steal stuff don't look up.

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    I've had guys pose in front of them and I have had one stolen. I've also found lots of them in the woods. This is in Southern Ontario Area 90. Python cables work but I can cut through one with a Leatherman in about 3 minutes. I generally put mine off the beaten trail basically on trails leading to my stands. TC

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    There's a trail cam I've seen for years basically at the start of a trail on crown land. This is a small patch of crown land near a city too.
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    As everyone else is saying, don't leave what you're not willing to lose.

    Or double up, with on facing the other but more discretely. You'll get a pic of the theif but do you really want to go through the hassle of police reports?

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