A + walk behind it.Question:
When you come across a game camera on public land - what do you do?
A - Leave it alone
B - Walk in front of it
C - Check the SD card
D - Take the SD card
E - Take the camera
I place some cams on public land. I’ve had people do ‘B’ - ‘C’ - ‘D’
I’ve done ‘A’ and ‘B’
Your private property on public land may be considered abandoned property after a period of time. From one perspective, others are cleaning up "trash" that you left behind. It is no different than if someone left a ground blind, tree stand, ladder stand, feeder, etc. If you were to ask the folks that left that stuff behind, they'd likely say that they are still using it and would get their panties all knotted up now that someone knows there's some potential in that area as well if someone "stole" their stuff.Well someone decided to mess with my cell camera. I got a real nice nose to top of head photo of them, but that's about it. Moved the camera around and covered up the lens. I have 2 other non cell camera's down in the area that were not locked and I'd be willing to bet that both are now missing. I'm irritated as in the 14 months I've had my cell camera out in this area I've only had one other person before today show up on camera. I don't understand what goes through someone else's mind to make them want to intentionally damage or steal someone else's property. Public is public and with that said the area I have my camera's up at is not "my area", and if someone else was hunting it good luck to them.
I suppose I had a slightly higher hope that other hunters in the area would treat camera found with better respect.
Update - made the trek back in this evening after work just to try and take inventory. The guy stole 1 of my standard cams and also stole my cellular camera that was secured to the tree with a Python lock. Somehow he missed the 3 camera 20 yards further down. I’m still pissed about it, but more then anything I’m ticked because he now has my photos on what is down in that area. Dude had to put in some serious work to get that cell cam off though as he triggered the camera over 70 times trying to get it off.
I’ll remember this the next time I see anything left by the FS in the woods. Signs, trail bridges, hitch rails, etc.To all saying that "A is the only answer", remember, anything left on public land for more than 2 weeks without moving it is breaking the law. Working for FS we removed a lot of things that had been left for more than 2 weeks (documented) including cameras. I've removed other items, including cameras. I have also left cameras up for over 2 weeks and have had them removed. In answering the question, I primarily do A, but have done others.