September 2, 2004

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

Iíve seen those computer hunting games but I never would have thought I would get as much enjoyment out of the pursuit of wild game electronically. Okay, I like video games, but when it comes to deer, nothing can beat the real thing.

Thatís why I have truly enjoyed the weekly e-mail updates Iíve been receiving courtesy of the trail camera at one of my favorite hunting spots. My friend has been filling my mailbox with e-mail containing the latest portraits his newest toy has been able to capture.

I own a trail camera, so I was a bit surprised when another one was added to the group. But since this more modern system has been unveiled, my old machine hasnít made it out of the garage. Why would you want to bother with getting film developed when all you have to do is check the new digital trail camera every few days and see if you need to put in a new memory stick.

For all of you technologically challenged folks out there, this digital camera uses a small ďmemory stickĒ, about the size of your pinky finger. The card stores several dozen high-resolution photos. Depending upon the traffic in the cameraís range, that means the photographer needs to check back every few days to change the digital film.

If you buy an extra card, you simply swap out the digital film every few days. Whatís so nice about this method, is once back at the house, all you do is insert the card into the computer and in seconds your viewing the wildlife.

The best part of this system is that the photographer can then quickly fire off e-mail to any number of targets. The photos traveling electronically to their destinations where the recipients, like myself can salivate over the 14-point buck captured broadside on the camera.

Granted, not every photo taken is of a trophy buck, but it sure is rewarding to know that there are a few out there. But even the snapshots of turkeys and the ever-curious does are fun to view.

While the trail machine obviously serves as a great scouting tool, it performs an even more invaluable service, by backing up all your tall tales of the big deer youíve seen. Anyone can say theyíve seen a huge buck running their ground this summer, but how many have the pictures to back it up?

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