Game Camera

The Northern Woodlands office sits in downtown Cookeville, Vermont. There’s a little green – and by little we mean a half acre of shin-high grass. Around it are the office, a tiny post office, an old school, a brick house, a big wood house, a little wood house, and a town hall. That’s pretty much the downtown. Walk from east to west and both sides of the road are lined by farm fields. Walk north through a stand of hemlock and you’ll hit the Cookeville brook; walk south and you’ll hit a wetland that’s backed by Hurricane Ridge.

The delivery truck drivers are always dropping hints that it would be a lot nicer if we’d relocate to a more urban area – especially during winter and mud season, which combined take up more than half the year. But it’s pretty organic, when you’re writing about the sticks, to have an office in the sticks. It’s also more fun. After being inspired by all the great game camera pictures readers have shared with us, we decided to get two of our own cameras and set them up outside the office. After considering all the options and features of various cameras, including range, trigger speed, flash, battery life, and most importantly, price, we chose a Browning Dark Ops HD and a Bushnell Naturview HD Max. We bought the cameras, so if they don’t perform like we hope, we’ll give you an honest take. The goal with this project is to capture images of some of the wildlife living in our backyard, then share the pictures with you and the lessons we learned trying to get the shot.

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Late Summer in Mid-March

We’ve been running this game camera feature on our website since 2015, so as you can imagine we’ve collected thousands of pictures. The catch is that 99 percent of them are unusable. In most cases they simply don’t show anything interesting. But there are always some that fall into a gray area. There’s something nice about them, but they have no hook, as we say in the business. Consider this series from late August 2016. A blue heron – nice, but lacks context. A young raccoon – pretty cute, for sure, but a raccoon in a stream does not present… Read More »

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