Lights, Camera, Record Quest

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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 outdoorlife.com.
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The HD video camera comes close to the Trophy Cam for a close-up…
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… And the unblinking eye of the camera captures a shot of McKean moving in to check the card.
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Here, McKean clips some limbs from around the camera. Note the temperature on the camera’s data stamp. And note McKean’s long-sleeved attire. Our Record Quest video session was equal parts sweltering heat and biting insects.
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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.
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Daughter Iris simply has to verify that the camera is working.
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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.
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Another fenceline shot.
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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.
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Whitetails crave the dense alfalfa of the field edge.
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The fenceline camera is set up along a well-used deer trail…
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… where this dandy buck crosses periodically.
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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.
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It’s too early for even the earliest pre-rut, but this buck was seen several times in the company of does.
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Normally trail cameras capture static images, but this fence-leaper shows that they’ll also freeze dynamic motion.
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In another location, another Bushnell Trophy Cam captures a more domestic scene.
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This ridge-backed old doe doesn’t have a lot more years in her.
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Despite the incredible forage this year, she’s emaciated.
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This camera is pointed more downward, so by the time it deploys, deer are at close range.
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Even at night, it’s hard to see the entire deer.
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And sometimes, all you see are bits and parts.
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Like on this dandy buck. This camera is in a good spot, but will have to be adjusted.
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Just after the first cutting of alfalfa is on the ground, this great buck looks over the scene.
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Then leaps the fence to inspect the changes to his habitat.
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Most of the trail cam series end with the approach of McKean, out checking the sites.
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And sticking his face right into the lens as he removed the memory card.