Baiting trail camsContributors to this thread:
Pat Lefemine 21-Apr-22
greg simon 21-Apr-22
Grey Ghost 21-Apr-22
We hunt a ranch in SD that has cattle. We put out a Cuddeback cell cam network in the summer. Is there a bait or attractant that works that won't attract cattle? Last year the cattle made it frustrating when we had mineral in front of our cams. We were thinking maybe just put them on good trail intersections and go with that. But wondering if anyone has a better way.
If you're trying to attract trail cams, make some very large mock scrapes and create rubs on telephone-pole sized trees. If your budget allows for it, spread several 160" - 190" shed antlers around the area. I think you'll be impressed with the number of trail cameras you will successfully bait into the area.
A good licking branch works wonders. 24/7/365. Doesn't even need refreshing. Grape vine is the bomb.
From: Pat Lefemine
Cows are a PIA. About the only thing that is effective is putting up a little 20 yard diameter fence with your camera and bait/minerals in the middle of it. Make sure it's ok with your landowner first. You'll need a handful posts, and some wire that's about 4' tall. The deer will jump over the wire easily, the cows won't. Otherwise you'll just drive yourself mad with the cows eating all the bait and licking your camera.
Overland….thats very well done….. legit…..
Grapevine mock scrapes X 50! I would think cattle wouldn’t mess with them much, if any.
I live and hunt on a cattle ranch. Like said several times above; licking branches and scrapes are going to be your friends. Understand that the herd is still going to meander in front of your camera's once in a while, but they won't camp out there like they would with mineral or corn. Trails are also good places to place cams in this type of situation.
Thanks folks! Except for you Overland! SmartAZZ! LOL. I like your sense of humor.
From: greg simon
Putting a "trail camera" on a trail. There's a novel idea!!! Lots of wise guys around on Bowsite lately. Seriously cows are a major PITA. Last year I was dove hunting and a group of heifers bugged me for so long I might have shot them if they were not mine!!!
From: Grey Ghost
Expanding on Overland's thoughts, find a watering hole on public land with plenty of wild game sign around it. You're likely to attract dozens of cameras. ;-)
All this discussion is so silly from someone that lives where ag and cattle are the norm. Some say make plot on wasted acres. There IS NO wasted acres unless you are rich enough to buy it or tie it up. EVERY acre is either grazed or farmed, that's how folks make their living.
I didn’t see where anyone commented on any wasted acres, Dave.