Lights, Camera, Record Quest

The first Trophy Cam cameras went up as part of a video project. Short Record Quest clips will be aired starting next month on Versus, and longer versions can be seen right here at
The HD video camera comes close to the Trophy Cam for a close-up…
… And the unblinking eye of the camera captures a shot of McKean moving in to check the card.
McKean had a little help putting out and checking the cameras. Here, the Trophy Cam logs a family moment in the tall grass of the Milk River valley.
Daughter Iris simply has to verify that the camera is working.
Soon our Bushnell cameras started turning in images of Milk River whitetails. This camera, set up on a fence along an alfalfa field, gave us plenty to see. Next, we put a camera on the cat feeder on our front porch, and were as surprised as the felines to see a nocturnal visitor.
Another fenceline shot.
This young buck has the makings of a dandy. He's still a little thin, but he will have both width and height by the time he gets a year or two older.
Whitetails crave the dense alfalfa of the field edge.
The fenceline camera is set up along a well-used deer trail…
Deer densities are high enough that this fenceline camera caught plenty of action, even though there's no attractant such as a grain pile or scent branch.
It's too early for even the earliest pre-rut, but this buck was seen several times in the company of does.
Normally trail cameras capture static images, but this fence-leaper shows that they'll also freeze dynamic motion.
In another location, another Bushnell Trophy Cam captures a more domestic scene.
This ridge-backed old doe doesn't have a lot more years in her.
Despite the incredible forage this year, she's emaciated.
This camera is pointed more downward, so by the time it deploys, deer are at close range.
Even at night, it's hard to see the entire deer.
Like on this dandy buck. This camera is in a good spot, but will have to be adjusted.
Just after the first cutting of alfalfa is on the ground, this great buck looks over the scene.
Then leaps the fence to inspect the changes to his habitat.
Most of the trail cam series end with the approach of McKean, out checking the sites.
And sticking his face right into the lens as he removed the memory card.