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Baiting trail cams
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Contributors to this thread:
12yards 21-Apr-22
Overland 21-Apr-22
APauls 21-Apr-22
Pat Lefemine 21-Apr-22
SIP 21-Apr-22
t-roy 21-Apr-22
Catscratch 21-Apr-22
12yards 21-Apr-22
greg simon 21-Apr-22
Grey Ghost 21-Apr-22
keepemsharp 21-Apr-22
t-roy 21-Apr-22
razorsharp 31-Aug-22
[email protected] 31-Aug-22
wytex 31-Aug-22
KHNC 01-Sep-22
wytex 01-Sep-22
DWolfe 01-Sep-22
Buffalo1 04-Sep-22
Huntiam 05-Sep-22
txhunter58 05-Sep-22
txhunter58 05-Sep-22
Rut Nut 05-Sep-22
JusPassin 05-Sep-22
txhunter58 05-Sep-22
Pete In Fairbanks 05-Sep-22
wytex 06-Sep-22
pirogue 07-Sep-22
pirogue 07-Sep-22
pirogue 07-Sep-22
bigswivle 08-Sep-22
DanaC 08-Sep-22
APauls 08-Sep-22
Don 08-Sep-22
Catscratch 08-Sep-22
fdp 18-Sep-22
From: 12yards
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.

From: Overland
21-Apr-22
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.

From: APauls
21-Apr-22
A good licking branch works wonders. 24/7/365. Doesn't even need refreshing. Grape vine is the bomb.

From: Pat Lefemine
21-Apr-22
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.

From: SIP
21-Apr-22
Overland….thats very well done….. legit…..

From: t-roy
21-Apr-22
Grapevine mock scrapes X 50! I would think cattle wouldn’t mess with them much, if any.

From: Catscratch
21-Apr-22
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.

From: 12yards
21-Apr-22
Thanks folks! Except for you Overland! SmartAZZ! LOL. I like your sense of humor.

From: greg simon
21-Apr-22
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
21-Apr-22
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. ;-)

Matt

From: keepemsharp
21-Apr-22
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.

From: t-roy
21-Apr-22
I didn’t see where anyone commented on any wasted acres, Dave.

From: razorsharp
31-Aug-22

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HATE them....

31-Aug-22
I got scent busted by a wildass brahma cow once.....true.

From: wytex
31-Aug-22
I'm just going to leave this here : https://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=15228

From: KHNC
01-Sep-22
^^^ He probably meant SC not SD :)

From: wytex
01-Sep-22
Boy I hope so.

From: DWolfe
01-Sep-22

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Simple just don't bait.

From: Buffalo1
04-Sep-22
What a cattle farmer one told me that I shall never forget- “If a cow can’t eat it, the cow will knock it over and shit on it.” I have found these to be words of wisdom.

From: Huntiam
05-Sep-22
Buffalo1 ..sound about like a bear …if they can’t drag the sob off they’ll destroy it and leave it there

From: txhunter58
05-Sep-22
I know that trail cams are handy, lots of my fiends use them, but I still enjoy scouting for trails, scrapes, and simply sitting in the woods. If this place is close enough, head out after work for an hour and just pick a spot to sit. What you see can sometimes be as enjoyable as shooting a deer and provide you insight on future hunting. You can sit some places farther away and develop strategies for where to sit for the hunt or where to make blinds. That process makes the “hunt” more than just going out the day you shoot something. Nothing wrong with trail cams. But being out in nature over time is a lot more fun than just showing up on opening day.

From: txhunter58
05-Sep-22
“But Dad, don’t you sit on that same water hole every year with your parallel compound bow with carbon arrows, replaceable blade broadheads, a rangefinder and a release? Shouldn't you be out still hunting?”

From: Rut Nut
05-Sep-22
Amazing how every thread eventually evolves into some sort of debate involving broadheads or baiting............................

From: JusPassin
05-Sep-22
Divisive issues have a tendency to do that.

From: txhunter58
05-Sep-22
Sorry, I shouldn’t have been “baited” into making that comment, but when someone asks a questions and people feel the need to denigrate their thread I have to point out hypocrisy. And I have never baited or used a trail cam for mule deer

05-Sep-22
Overland: Fantastic...!

From: wytex
06-Sep-22
I was merely pointing out that it may be illegal , regardless of how you feel about trail cams and baiting in general if it is illegal then it should not be done. If legal go for it. Posting on a public forum is going to get a variety of responses. Baiting is illegal in many states and hence folks will feel strongly about it.

From: pirogue
07-Sep-22
Easy to tell those that hunt in a state where you can bait. Similar to the Yeti syndrome; if one can’t afford it, they bash it.

From: pirogue
07-Sep-22
That should have been, easy to tell those that can’t hunt in a state that allows bait.

From: pirogue
07-Sep-22
That should have been, easy to tell those that can’t hunt in a state that allows bait.

From: bigswivle
08-Sep-22
3’ bullpanels. We have 32’ square pens around all our feeders. 100% keeps hogs out. Every once in a while a cow will jump in.

From: DanaC
08-Sep-22
Not allowed to hunt over bait here but I can 'inventory' the critters with apples and a cam in a non-huntable spot (legally too close to a public road.) I hunt 300 yards in from this spot.

From: APauls
08-Sep-22
I should start a magazine called Broadheads and Baiting.

From: Don
08-Sep-22
I’ve never made a mock scrape. Do you guys use droppers or just squirt some urine in the scrape and leave it to the deer?

From: Catscratch
08-Sep-22
The licking branch is more important than the ground IMO. Put some scent on an overhanging limb that's the right height (or a grape vine, hemp rope, etc) and scrape the ground a little to get fresh earth. Should jump start on their own with that much done.

From: fdp
18-Sep-22

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