Gamecam becomes spycam

It wasn’t doing me any good where it was anyway. I need to put in a fencepost to mount it on before I can effectively use the game camera to monitor ‘yote activity in the approach to my yard from the wash.

In the meantime I have a new mystery…

tracks
New tire and sneaker tracks. Repeated tracks, off the road to my driveway. It’s not on any property I’m responsible for, though not far from it. Technically it’s none of my business. Technically I’m just being nosy. No harm was done. If it was just one set of turnaround tracks I’d shrug it off as a lost tourist. That happens.

But why drive so far into the bush in that particular spot, where there’s nothing to see? Why come back and do it at least twice?

The nice thing about living ‘way out in the boonies is that you can perform extensive activities totally unobserved. The bad thing about living ‘way out in the boonies is that other people can also do that.

Or can they?

cam
I like this little thing. I’ve had all manner of fun with it, but right now I want it for more serious purposes.

juniper
Yeah. Right over there.

Now, here’s a problem I’ve had with the game camera, and it took me a while to figure out a practical solution. I can set it up, but how do I know it’s aiming precisely where I want it to? It doesn’t have sights, or a playback feature.

I actually sent away for a card reader gadget that plugs into a smartphone, only to learn that I also had to buy and install an app on the phone. I’m an old phart, and a privacy nut*. New computer stuff flummoxes me, plus I’ve grown very distrustful of Apple, iPhones, and apps in general.

Turns out there was a perfectly good solution, right there in a little case with a shoulder strap.

nikon
This is the current Official TUAK Camera, sent last year by a Generous Reader but presently only used when I need a zoom – or when I want to read the SD card from the game camera in the field. Because it works for that really well.

0938:040718:86F:0000:TUAK1   :6E[197:0006]G[008:0x0006]
So I don’t know if I’ll get pictures of what I want to see. I actually kind of hope not, since I hope those people, whoever they are, never come back. But I do know that if they come back in the next week or two, I’ll at least learn something about them. Possibly they’re the owners of that parcel and have every right in the world to be there. Possibly they’re just nosy hunters. Don’t know. But if they’re going to be around, I want to know if they’re going to be a problem.


*Yes, I know there’s an amusing tension involved when a lifestyle blogger claims to be a privacy nut. Shut up.

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8 Responses to Gamecam becomes spycam

  1. Judy says:

    You didn’t make to this age without paying attention to what is going on around you. A game camera beats the hell out of sitting in the junipers for a couple of weeks to find out.

  2. Anonymous says:

    If they read this blog, they now know where they can get a free game camera…

  3. Ben says:

    Great! This not only meets your own needs, but I’m guessing that us readers will be just as interested in the doings of any feral humans creeping around the Lair as we are of feral animals.

  4. Mike says:

    Gathering intelligence on a potential threat when you are as off the beaten path as you are, isn’t being nosy, it’s being prudent.

  5. Kentucky says:

    OK . . . I see fence posts on the far left and what appears to be a roof on the far right . . . right?

    Just tryin’ for orientation here.

    😉

  6. Joel says:

    😀 Good luck with that.

  7. Kentucky says:

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. Spud says:

    You wouldn’t be there if ya wanted a crowd of unknowns around ya.

To the stake with the heretic!