We’re adding two new critter cams to our collection. I’ll tell more about the new cams in a moment, but let me catch you up;
The Back Story
On November 18th, 2015 we put out our first Skillet Creek Critter Cam at Devil’s Lake State Park. I’d like to say we were looking for Bigfoot, but really.. we just wanted to see what critters we could find around the park and share them with you. (Well, maybe I was looking for Bigfoot.) Our first capture was the young buck below. Of course critter cams are addictive and soon we added a second camera.
About The Project
Well, as some of you know, my wife is the naturalist at Devil’s Lake State Park. She soon realized that the critter cams would be a great way to engage with kids, park lovers and folks just curious to see what’s out there. So I shared my pics with the nature center as well. It wasn’t long before, with the generous grant from Whitetails Unlimited, she had 2 more cams out within the park. So with 4 to 5 cams between us, we’ve caught some fun shots and shared them with thousands of park fans, visitors and enthusiasts since 2015. How cool is that!?
Now this is worth noting… Even a fun little thing like “critter cams” takes effort, generosity and money from a variety of sources. Our parks are held together by donations, volunteerism and partnerships between businesses, friends groups, family members, local governments, DNR staff & private citizens. We don’t always have to agree, but we do have our parts to play. When people don’t understand that, you just want to set the racoon of anarchy on them. AND I know where he lives! ‘Nuff said 🙂
The New Cameras
So, we found ourselves needing to load up on some new cameras recently, which got me looking at the newer trail cameras out there. We currently have 2 different Moultrie Cams. One old flash model & one newer IR version. Both are doing a good job, in fact, our best producing camera (the one with the pic above) is a Moultrie. It only failed once under 2 days of constant rain. Having read a variety of reviews, this time I decided to buy 2 Stealth Cam G42NG cameras. The big selling point is that they are still under $200 with a half-second trigger speed and 42 black IR emitters that won’t spook the critters.
So stay tuned… We’re hoping our next Critter Cam Update will have more critters… We’re still waiting for the Bear & The Wolf… 🙂
Lastly, if you find the Critter Cams fun and interesting, you may want to look into enrolling in the Wisconsin DNR’s Snapshot Wisconsin Program. Check out the details right here… See you soon!