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Michael Stenstrom
I don't know why, but your cameras sure do attract the critters.
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I just started using a trail cam last year, caught this guy on "film", hopefully he's still around this year....pretty nice size for around here.    

Buck Ferguson is not camera shy. I have three cameras out spread out a good ways on 160 acres and he showed up on all three cameras. Some highlights:      

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I don't know why, but your cameras sure do attract the critters.

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Anxious to get back to camp to check camera 2. Might spin back up this weekend and pick a few quarts of blueberries while Im at it.

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I left a trail cam to soak up at camp for a week. Just inside a field where bear and deer have been feasting on blueberries. Only a couple shots of does. Pulled the cam, since I may not get back up there for a spell. My other cam is at one of my bear bait sets. Scott has baited twice since I last checked it, and the bait is getting wiped out every time. I plan to bait and check that cam this Wednesday. Should be some shots of the bear(s).
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Any bear pics today?
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Any bear pics today?

Yup, will post later after I download etc.

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Top photo/bear looks decent size.

Bottom two are of same bear, one night B/W and then camera got enough light for a color day shot. Small bear.

Both sets are getting hammered. I can't seem to read the SD card from Scott's camera at other set so not sure how big the bears are there yet.

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While perusing the 2014 ME Game Laws I just noticed ME has a new law. You must have permission from private land owners to place a trail camera on their property and the camera must be marked with your name address, etc.
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Same in NH but it is not well known you need to ask the land owner for permission to place a game camera, tree stand, ground blind etc.   It needs to have your name and address on what ever you leave in the woods
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Same in NH but it is not well known you need to ask the land owner for permission to place a game camera, tree stand, ground blind etc.   It needs to have your name and address on what ever you leave in the woods

Do you have a link to the game cam law in NH?  I can't find anything on it other than that the F&G web sites suggests asking permission and marking your info.  It doesn't note that its a law.

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Yup, at 6:30 I detected movement straight ahead of me and watched a bear walk in. Big ears, no sway to belly, but gorgeous jet black coat. Looked like a juvenile boar. I brought a rifle instead of bow, because 1, I hadn't shot the bow much in preparation, and 2, with this referendum to ban baiting this might be my last chance over bait so I wanted to anchor one. I had the scope down to about 2x and no matter how long I looked him over he wouldn't grow any larger. When he walked into the 5 gallon bait bucket and I could better judge his size I decided to enjoy the show and then let him walk. I don't think he made 100 lbs let alone 80. If I had brought the bow I may have been tempted to take him since he gave me every angle I would have wanted. He snacked for a good 10 minutes never looking up at me perched just 16-18 yards away. The breeze was on my left cheek and suddenly a deer blew to my right, and he came to alert, and strode quickly past me and disappeared into the woods. He never came back which was good since I don't think he associated the deers warning blow with me in the tree.

Great show, hope his daddy or big brother shows up. Pretty cool being so close for so long, to the ghost of the woods. :)

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I have my trail cams set out back. I have a herd of 2 mature does, a doe fawn, a button buck, a 4 pt that has lost one antler and this 8 pt that hasn't shed yet.

This shot is from a cam I set at edge of the marsh pointing into marsh. I had seen a lot of tracks aft the water had frozen and this boy ambled by. Not huge but will be better next season if he sticks around.

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Ive had my trail cams out back all winter. So many photos of the 'Eden Acres" deer herd it got boring. Lots of snowshow hare photos at night but no yotes or bobcats or bear which I suppose is a good thing. There was a lull after we got this huge snowpack and I did have a few deer bedding very close to house as in 50 yards, but it was slow photo taking. I was seeing sign down low where they travel towards marsh to eat downed cedar.

I decided to do some exploring off my land and snowshoed into unposted neighboring land and it soon became apparent where the resident herd was along with their friends. There is a higher ridge area just east of my property that is thick in green growth; pine, hemlock, spruce.....and the deer are thick as thieves. The best bona-fide winter deer yard I have come across in years. Just a maze of well traveled trails in snow, bed after bed after bed and enough poop to fertilize a couple acre garden.

I set up a cam on the edge of the yarding area so as not to disturb them when checking it, and from what I am seeing the deer are faring pretty well.

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Looks like a buck without antlers. I can make out the pedicle area on head

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Doe and an almost yearling.

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I just pulled mine last night that was down by the creek.There was a week or two with no pics.Some does,turkey and a nice red fox.We lost a few small does along my road.With the snow almost gone they can get food much better now.
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Finally got some predator shots on a cam I set on a flat ridge behind the house. This is on the upper east fringe of a large deer yard. Plenty of deer shots on same cam. Note how much the snow melted in last 4-5 days.

A big Maine bobcat and old wily. :)

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