Trail cameras are not just for taking whitetail snapshots for the deer camp family album. These handy camera devices originally designed for those gotcha deer moments have grown up, matured and advanced technologically to the point that they are now considered essential equipment for landowners, game managers, wildlife biologists and white-tailed deer researchers, as well as deer hunters.
It’s a well-worn mantra from grey-beards such as myself: Many of us who are closer to 65 than we’d like to admit cut our hunting teeth on squirrels, rabbits and quail. We didn’t use camouflage clothing or high-priced squirrel dogs. Evening entertainment consisted of two or three local television stations that signed off before midnight, with the National Anthem and a rousing display of military might, all in black and white. This is just to say it was a much simpler time.
In my lifetime, I have only known the Delta to be an expanse of rowed-up dirt that is planted annually with various crops that feed and clothe the world. Deltans can look across a field that continues for miles with no apparent end. Approaching lightning storms on hot summer nights can be viewed from what seems to be as far away as Texas.
Rick Dillard eased through the woods in full stealth mode with his rifle ready for action as he worked his way toward his afternoon stand on a late December hunt last year. With a heightened sense of anticipation, Dillard scanned his surroundings quickly as a doe ran by.
Jason Garbo puts trail cameras to use to kill big bucks.See the special feature beginning on page 8 for more details.