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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Jade Jarvis and Alyssa Valentyn were maintaining their research trail cameras at Saint Michael’s College when they noticed a brown smudge obscuring the lens of Camera 4. Alyssa used the corner of her t-shirt to wipe it clean and they moved on to the remaining cameras on their route. Weeks later, while downloading the photographs, the source of the smudge became glaringly obvious. The first shot showed a conspicuously tufted ear with black and white pelage; the first bobcat sighting from their summer-long study. (Bobcats are uncommon visitors to our cameras, so the photograph caused great excitement in the lab.)… Read More »

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