Every year in August, I put out game cameras to try and capture a sneak peak of all the deer, turkey, and other wildlife that call the Geis ranch home. I scout the deer trails, look for scrapes and rubs, and check the frequented spots for the perfect tree or post to hang a camera on. After finding the best spots, you would think I just have to wait until November and check the SD cards to see all the wonderful pictures. I would, if it wasn’t for the darn cows.
You see, cows have a knack for foiling the best laid plans when it comes to hunting. This past weekend, they were at it once again. This time I hadn’t even gotten to the hunt yet!
I had set out two cameras in the far pasture. The locations were splendid. I carefully aimed the cameras so they wouldn’t pick up the motion of the grass in the wind, but wouldn’t miss a deer walking by. I left them for a month, then came back to check on them. I found they weren’t pointed where I had originally placed them. Knowing the only way I’d find out was by looking through the pictures, I re-set them and took the SD cards home.
The first series of pictures looked great. I had some nice deer in front of the cameras.
And then I found the cause of my camera movement.
A curious cow saw the odd box on the tree and nudged it. Pretty soon they all wanted a shot at it and had it flipped 180 degrees. It no longer took deer pictures, but pictures of curious cows coming up out of the creek bottom.
Well, I reset the camera, so now we’ll see how long it takes before they move it again. At least before they got to it, I got this great pic of Mom moving cows, not knowing she’s on camera.