I sometimes over think things, and this is a classic example. Should I buy a trail camera? It could be a fun way to see what's happening in the woods when I am not there, or it could be another frustrating gadget I have to deal with.
With hunting season fast approaching, I am curious if some places I've hunted in the past harbor deer and elk that I am not seeing. That's what trail cameras are designed for. Since I like photographing game and I like to hunt, you would think one of these would be a natural for me.
But I am still on the fence, and here's why:
• I can already figure out where animals are by using traditional woods craft. Deer leave tracks, they eat, they poop, they scrape, they leave plenty of sign.
• Adding a game camera to my tool kit adds a few grains of sand to the scale and tips it more in my favor. I don't consider them unethical, but at the same time, every gadget that give me an advantage changes the fair chase equation.
• Knowing an animal exists, or is in a certain area, doesn't mean I am going to get it. It just gives me the opportunity to hunt it, which is the point of why I am out there.
• I would get enjoyment out of all animals I photograph, not just game animals. I can share those photos with family and friends who don't get into the woods as much.
So what will I do? Beats me, but big game season is almost here. Anyone have any thoughts on this they want to share?