Whether we’re scouting big bucks or just capturing the goings-on in the backwoods, we can all agree the trail camera is one of the greatest tools in our box. Now and again you’re going to catch a glimpse of something awesome, and it’s your duty to share with the rest of us.
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Daniel Gillett sent in this nighttime shot of a buck looking right at the camera.
A bull elk that came into a wallow that I had my camera on and gave me a good pose of him bugling.
The Rut Is On
A Vermont 8-point buck and a doe captured on camera during the rut.
... And On
I was amazed when I saw these pics. There were a sequence of three photos. The first one showed the buck lining up the doe. The second showed the doe arching her back for the buck and this was the third photo.
It's a Cat-Eat-Cat World
Trail camera set up to watch my backhoe and log splitter near Lincoln, Mont. It caught a mountain lion with the house cat that he preyed on.
I got lucky and shot this deer in Halifax County, Va., muzzleloader this year.
Working the Scrape
Nice buck working a scrape in the fall oat food plot.
Cue Marvin Gaye Soundtrack
Caught this on my property in Eustis, Fla.
A Very Happy Veterans Day
I was fortunate enough to take this awesome 10-point on Veterans Day that we had seen on the trail camera several times. Huge honor to be muzzleloader hunting with my 73-year-old dad and able to Facetime my U.S. Marine son, Jeremy, in Israel to take part in the celebration in the woods after locating the buck. We were all laughing, crying and enjoying one of the best experiences ever. It was an amazing day.
Garrett Chavez sent along this photo of a turkey getting up close with his trailcam.
Muley at Sunrise
A muley buck enjoying a New Mexico sunrise.
Clash of the Titans
Photo taken in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area of the Adirondack Mountains near Indian Lake, N.Y. Photo date is incorrect as I changed the batteries and didn't realize the camera reset to the original date of purchase. Date should be on or about Nov. 1, 2013.
Preseason scouting caught this guy eyeing up the camera. Haven't seen him since.
Two bucks fighting by my stand.
Couldn't believe my eyes when I checked my trail camera and saw this buck with a beach ball caught in his rack!
Huge monster buck, Nov. 6, 2007. Biggest I have had.
Right Behind You...
This is the bear that I'm hunting for this year.
'Over Here, Boys.'
Does bringing in bucks, I hope.
Some early scrapes showed up along the field edge, so I set up a camera. I was shocked to see him show up before dark on a warm October evening.
Out for a Swim
Nice muleys crossing an irrigation ditch in New Mexico.
Really nice mule buck; too back we didn't get a chance at him during the hunt.
Not So Busy Anymore
Yes, that is what you think it is: a beaver tail.
Moment of Impact
We had a ground blind set up for these mule bucks and knew exactly how they'd be coming—or going—so we put up a Bushnell trailcam to see if we could capture some action! Everything worked just right and we got a really cool HD video of my dad taking this buck.
He ran about for about 8 seconds, then it was time for some mule deer steaks. Yum!
Some beautiful bucks.
Pack of Minnesota timbers under a full moon.
Timber in the Timber
Great pic of a very light colored timberwolf here in northern Minnesota.
A Work of Art
This photo was captured on the morning of Oct. 22, 2013, in Ozark County, Mo. The fog almost makes it look like a painting instead of a trailcam photo.
West Coast Bull
Scouting for elk in the northeastern California elk season; got this guy tearing up his wallow.
Watching the Herd
Picture of herd of elk feeding in a meadow. If you take notice the herd bull is chasing off a spike bull.
I set up a feeder on a new lease, and within two weeks I had deer fighting over the corn!
One Excited Deer
I was looking through my pictures on my friends Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Max that I borrowed and saw this. Picture taken in southwest Michigan.
Dinner to Go
Bobcat catching a squirrel.
Guys' Night Out
Turkeys were feeding and couple of deer tried to move in. Turkey wanted to intimidate them. It worked. Deer left.
How many times do you see a buck walk in on a coyote and run him off? Guess its cause the coyote didn't have his two buddies with him.
My neighbor had a forky get caught up in the fence and die, so I moved it over to his pasture and set up a cam. This picture is a great interaction between a bobcat—which first came in and pretended he caught it—and then a coyote, which then joined him for dinner.
Just another day in paradise. Mama and baby enjoying each other.
Bucks in the Mist
A foggy morning in the Ozarks. The camera caught this nice young buck on my property.
While You Scout, He Hunts
This pic was taken in southwest Virginia. I was scouting for deer and this popped up.
Doe Doesn't Share Food!
The pictures preceding this photo tell the story. Two young ones wanted to feed on corn, and when the deer on left would not allow them to, their momma entered scene. Unfortunately she didn't win, but a few minutes later the winner left and the little ones got to eat.
New Hunting Spot
New stand site, so hung this old trailcam to capture any activity. Was obviously very surprised by this snapshot. Saw him in the corn the next weekend 12-15 rows deep and he was all more than content munching on corn. Maybe in the next couple weeks we'll meet again.
The Black 8, an unusual buck I got some pics of in 2013. He has a solid black rack. No one seems to have heard of this happening before. I am hoping for a shot at this unique buck before gun season here in Missouri. This little 8-point seems to be saying, "Let's play," to the big boy.
North of the Border
I have been a member of Camtrapper.com forum for many years and have been camtrapping for four years now. There are many great pics to be shared north of our border too.
Taken near Charleston, W.V., in September 2013. This young bear was very interested in the corn feeder and was trying to shake corn out of it. He stayed busy for over an hour.
You reckon these two have the same genetics just a year between them?
Out in the Open
Nice South Carolina 7-point making an appearance the day before opening of gun season. Hope to see you soon, my friend.
Up All Night = Sleep All Day
Don't stay up too late; you will be wanting to sleep all day. Need you up and moving during daylight hours! Nice South Carolina 6-point.
To the Dogs
Three healthy coyotes. Not good from a hunter's perspective, but they are beautiful and their coats look good tanned.
This was one of our bear stands in Minnesota. Had wolves in all season, but this was a late picture with two adult wolves in with five pups.
Dad teaching the kids how to play.
A pair of young bucks playing around.
Playing Cat and Mouse
Some people speculated this might be an opossum but it is just a big rat playing cat and mouse: GAME OVER.
Here Kitty Kitty Kitty...
This is a bobcat I got on one of my trail cameras last year. Pretty rare sighting of a bobcat.
Two to Tango
When I discovered this picture of the "dancing duo" at one of my deer stands, I couldn't believe it was taken right at lunch time—middle of the day! I was thrilled!
Bucks, turkey and cottontail, all eating together.
This bobcat has fast food for lunch.
Moment of Truth
This photo was taken on our trail camera at our bear bait. We had this guy bear hunting on our property, and our trail camera capture the bear and him in the same picture while he was in the stand getting ready to end the bear season successfully. He is in the top left of the picture raising his gun up when the picture was taken. We did get the bear it weighed 345 pounds!
Best Dining in Town
"Yumola! We're so glad they put out bird food."
—Ric and Debbie Wollum
Tardy to the Party
I was hiking in to my tree stand—this location—but I was still more than a quarter-mile away.
Momma and her babies.
Bros Before Does
Matt Campbell sent in this shot of a couple bucks in the field.
'Just Let Me Check My Face...'
I photographed this doe coming down a trough trail from an AG field in western Tennessee. She stuck her face right into the camera, thus you can see every detail on her face and neck.
Lunch with Mom
A beautiful doe and her fawn.
Well, Everyone Does It
So do foxes.
This was taken with our Bushnell trailcam, which is set up outside of our kitchen window.
—Ric and Debbie Wollum
Leading the Parade
Momma bear and five cubs.
Two nice bucks.
Ready for His Close-Up
This is a bear's eye looking into the camera. They are fascinated by the camera.
Buck, doe and fawn.
Touch of Gray
Out for a Stroll
Mom bear and triplets. I'm up the hill in the picture too. I was checking cameras and luckily took the upper path. The lower path would have run me right into Mom and the cubs!
This is a picture of a fisher that was taken this summer. I showed it to many people and most did not know what it was as there are not that many in this area.
'Put Em Up!'
Shot in northern Sask, at one of my treestand sites.
Our little buck losing his velvet in our suburban back yard.
Fox sneaking up our path in our backyard.
He is a 4.5-year-old in Kentucky.
It seems this guy was in a battle and had one of his horns broken off and got some battle scars to his face as well. But he has been seen on the trail cam quite a few times since so he managed to walk away with, at least, his ego in tact.
Caught in Canada
Big Ontario bull moose!
Here is a photo of two consecutive shots timed 15 seconds apart on the camera where a bull elk lays down, yawns, then takes himself a nap. He was laying there having a little power nap for about 10 minutes, then stood up and went on his way.
Quaker State Black Bear
Northwest Pennsylvania bruin.
The guy on the left must have injured his right antler. It's growing straight down.
Up, Up and Away!
Joshua Collins sent in this photo of a turkey spreading its wings.
Protective of her twin calves, a cow moose gives the trail cam the stare down!
Open Door Policy
I have a cottage three hours north of Toronto. Going up the driveway, I noticed my screen door on the floor. When I got to the cottage, it had been vandalized. I have several game cameras installed around the property to keep watch of the wild animals, as well as for security. To my surprise, the vandal was none other than a black bear looking for another honey hole!
Do I Hear Marvin Gaye Playing?
Bull elk in the background getting a head start on the rut.
North Idaho bull.
'So That's What These Are For.'
These big antlers sure help when you need to scratch.
Flock of wild turkeys captured on trail camera in Illinois.
Lurin' the Bruin
Big bear coming into a bait. My 15-year-old son, Jameson, has a tag this year. We are hoping to see this nice one again. Came in toward the early evening hours on the second day after setting up the bait station. The marks on the stick in the background are at 2 and 3 feet. We are estimating this bruin to be close to the 3-foot mark and close to 300 pounds.
Scratching an Itch
How does one itch their behind?
'Check This Out!'
"Hey Jake, check out this camera just for us!"
Turkeys Not Eligible
"Hey fellas, old man Row said we could have this camera if we would win him a new one for the deer. Whatcha think?"
This is the nice 8-pointer in my backyard.
'You're Embarrassing Me, Mom.'
A mother tending to her fawn while the other sibling watches from behind.
Surveying His Territory
Bill Houlmont sent in this shot of a black bear peeking above the foliage to have a look around.
Smudging the Lens
Two twin black bears investigating. One is on the right sniffing the camera, the other on the left is looking on in the background. It is smudgy because of bear snot!
A nice blacktailed deer I've been watching for a couple years now. Hope to see him during bow season this year.
The next generation of backstraps.
John Bolton sent in this photo of a fox and a couple raccoons sharing a tasty deer carcass dinner.
Bachelor herd of bull elk in Arizona. The bull on the right look like he prefers to not have his picture taken!
I work in the oil field as an onsite geologist, and my night hand was setting the trash outside and then carrying it over to the can when he caught his next sample. It never failed that something kept dragging it under our trailer night after night and tearing into it. So I set up my trailcam and caught the bandit in the act. Just goes to show the game cam can be used as a tool in many other applications than just hunting.
High Water Mark
On my brother's trail camera during the spring flood. Kind of glad the water didn't get any higher.
Proper hygiene is crucial when growing big bucks.
The Odd Couple
Coyote and skunk make friends.
Momma bear meets trailcam; not so good for trailcam.
This doe decided to venture off our property at some point as she has a bullet hole completely through her right ear, as well as chunks taken out of both ears from gun shots.
Count the Deer
Can you see four bucks?
Got caught snoozing. This was not a legal buck but it's a cool photo!
'Who Made This Mess?'
Benjamin Foote sent in this photo of a colored black bear checking out some junk in the woods.
Stay Classy, Elk
A western Washington Roosevelt elk sticking his tongue out at the camera.
'If They Can't See Me, I'm Invisible.'
I checked my wild game cam and had tons of pics of a bachelor group in my area. This individual pic caught my attention with the big 8-pointer and 6-pointer, but then there is another small buck behind them to the left, and also another one peeking from behind the tree to the right. He really thought he was hiding!
A jet black coyote with fire burning eyes; photo has not been retouched or anything.
In 30 years, this is the first double drop-tine buck captured on camera on my property. Wow!
Joe Row sent over this photo of a group of bachelor bucks at the feeder.
Joe Row sent over this photo of a group of bachelor bucks at the feeder.
All Ages Welcome
Joe Row sent this photo of a group of whitetail bucks.
I have been hunting and observing deer for a lot of years, and have never seen a doe peeing. I thought this was a very unique pic.
Lester Barnhart sent this photo of a big ole' woodpecker doing what he does best.
'Bro, Do You Even Lift?'
This is a very big-bodied deer for South Carolina. Hoping to see her during season; that's a lot of sausage and burger right there—oh yeah, and the back strap.
Right Neighborly of Ya
Let this little guy walk quite a bit last year. Curious to see him this year. Hopefully he smartens up; neighbors might not let him walk in another year. He will be a good shooter.
Colored bear versus black bear.
Deer, Meet Bear. Bear, Deer.
This spike buck got big surprise when he came up to a resting bear.
'Which Way Is the Camera Again?'
Attached is a trail camera photo of a mother and two cubs taken at the Joseph and Elsie Turenne Hunting Preserve near Hawkins, Wis.
Hungry coyote with a cottontail.
Deer picture taken by a Bushnell at our cabin in Jackson, Ohio, in late July. Deer is in velvet but the camera captured our cabin in the background between the deer's antlers.
Down on the Farm
Here is a picture of a very nice buck we had on our farm. This picture was taken a half-hour before I got into my stand. Bad timing for sure. The good thing is my cousin ended up getting it during rifle season.
A nice 5x5 in velvet taken by my trailcam near Show Low, Ariz. I had placed several cameras out and taken photos of elk, black bear and mountain lion. The hard part is drawing a tag.
This bull showed up last year. I wondered if he would grow the same this year.
... And he did
Scouting for an elk hunt in September.
Badger State Sunrise
A perfect September morning in Wisconsin's early bow season.
A Little Snow Never Hurt Anyone
Snow doesn't stop northwoods bears.
Struttin' Their Stuff
Two nice toms struttin' their stuff in front of the camera.
Saw him again several times all the way into February. Seemed to be healthy. If he survived, I hope to see how his injury may have affected him. Arrow looks to be lodged in his backstrap along his backbone. Wonder if it's still there.
Turkey caught in the flash, looking like a ghost!
A raccoon checking out the game camera!
Lookin' Out My Window
What I can see out my bathroom window, just 50 yards away.
Look who Momma bought with her for breakfast this morning. Taken July 31, 2013.
'What's This Thing?'
Coues whitetail trying to figure out what the heck that is!
Sooner State Beast
Buck from Oklahoma that I took in 2010. I had about 500 game photos of him before the grateful day that I took him with bow at 17 yards. He grossed 206 5/8 and netted 191 7/8.
'Get My Good Side.'
Elk bedding and posing for the cam.
This is an albino buck that we have been watching for about three seasons. We have not seen him during hunting hours, but we do see him at night on our trailcam. He has grown into a truly spectacular fellow. Hope to see him in person this hunting season!
'Can You See Me Now?'
I had a camera on an Acorn Rage lick block and I guess this curious young fella felt me watching him. Maybe He thought we could Skype.
Buck by full moon.
Fox in a web.
Up, Up and Away!
I placed the cameras for deer and elk. I got lots of winged visitors as well.
Cleared for Takeoff
Nice pic of duck caught in mid-air takeoff stopping all action nicely.
Dinnertime at the feeder.
Two bucks fighting on my land for 12 minutes.
8-Pointer at the Fence
Out of the Darkness
This photo was taken on Nov. 7, 2010, at 3:52 AM on a trail near my blind in Texas. This deer has never been seen in daylight and this is the only trailcam photo I have of "the Split G2 Buck".
Leopard on the Plain
This rare picture was taken on my game farm a couple of years ago when we found ''drag'' marks across the road. We followed it and found a eland calf freshly caught and covered with grass by the leopard. With minimal disturbance, I strategically placed my trail cam on a flimsy brush—without being tied—and this was my reward. I literally have thousands of leopard, hyena and lion pictures, but this one is unique because the scene was completely natural in the middle of a grass plain!
Bigger buck not happy that the lil guy is at his feeding station
Bear examines my game cam near Tonasket, Wash.
Fox & Friends
I was able to capture a fox family on my trailcam. I received lots of really neat and cool pictures of these little guys and the mama. This picture was from a Moultrie trailcam.
I'm sorry; I don't have a trail cam, but this is my mule footed boar that was caught in Jacksonville, Fla.
Appalachia Black Bears
Momma and cub in West Virginia.
This muddy ol' pig has an in-your-face moment with this Moultrie cam.
On Mountain High
Nothing to say here, just pretty damn cool.
Smile for Your Close-Up
This big old sow carries a little one in tow. A great shot.
This big mainframe was out in daylight hours in the middle of November. Exactly what we're looking for.
Curiosity Killed the...
This elk gets a little curious and decides to check out the camera. Just what we wanted.
On the look for his next meal, we presume.
Late Night Snack
Good thing they're feeding from that bait and not on something that tastes like hunter.
'It's Opening Day... RUN!'
"Get to cover. Get to high ground. Just get the hell out of here!"
'Come at Me, Brah!'
"Feeling lucky, punk? Well, are you?"
We're really not sure how those little ones are going to get anything out of this deal.