What's the craziest trail camera you've ever taken?
I'll admit to being a trail camera junkie. I run about 35 of them every year. Naturally, with several cameras running at all times, I receive some interesting images. Here are 25 of the wildest from the past few seasons.
According to this coyote, scrapes aren't just for whitetails. This dog likes freshening up my mocks, too.
Mineral licks are for maximizing health and genetic potential. And I guess Wily here thought he should add his own to the mix. All while giving the camera a sassy look.
I'd never seen a completely black coyote until I came across this photo. I'm not much of a predator hunter, but this photo makes me want to be.
Coyotes don't kill adult turkeys, you say? Look closer. There's a turkey leg in that fella's mouth.
I have a lot of photos of turkeys and coyotes, but not turkeys and coyotes together. Check out this brave (or dumb) longbeard as he stares down two coyotes.
Bobcats used to be an anomaly around these parts. Now, they're everywhere. That said, it's still pretty rare to see two in one shot.
Bobcats are efficient hunters. I had this camera posted for six months. This same bobcat walked by it with a squirrel in its mouth at least 10 times.
We see a lot of bobcats now. But this is the first trail camera photo I've ever seen of a baby bobcat. Looks like mother and daughter are headed out to hunt.
Perfectly framed, this juvenile turkey has had enough of the juvenile deer. He gone.
There's a lot going on here. Two feeding hens. One whimsical crow. The mad vulture. A sneaky squirrel. And a brave mother hen. That's one complicated, barroom-style waterhole brawl.
I'm not a bird biologist. But that's one big bird captured in flight. Check out the wingspan on that joker. Drop comments below if you know what species this is.
Owls are some of the most inquisitive birds of prey. Here, this bright-eyed boy has a stare down with my Moultrie trail camera.
I was in a treestand in South Dakota the last time I saw something this horrific. This very scene unfolded above my head and I took several hits as a result.
This trail camera photo was taken directly after I filmed my uncle arrow his buck last fall. It's one of my favorites of all time.
This buck sported an interesting right-side antler last summer. I believe this was a result of an antler, body or pedicle injury.
I have many trail camera photos of bedded deer, but never in an active scrape. Until this buck. He did it on a regular basis throughout the season. Pretty good place to pick up the ladies, I reckon.
Injured deer on camera aren't uncommon. But a growth of this size is. Someone get a walking cane for that buck.
Two yearling bucks. One, a wimp. The other, a bully. The fight didn't last long.
My initial thought is that a predator unzipped that hind quarter with a razor-sharp claw. It's possible a vehicle could have done the damage, too.
The photo quality isn't good. But I'm convinced this isn't a fawn. If it is, it was born very early or very late. The reason I think it's a dwarf deer (buck)? It has antler growth protruding from the pedicle.
Deer get close to cameras a lot. I guess this deer was curious enough to sniff the lense.
Random animals appear on trail cameras each year. But sheep aren't that common. At least not around here.
I'm not quite sure what this animal is. Despite no known sightings in the area, I'm leaning toward a hog. Or maybe a gremlin. What do you think it is? Let us know in the thread below.
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