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    Checking Traps with Trail cam

    Gents,
    Does anyone check traps with a trail cam? I'm thinking more of larsen traps, but others may work. Might this make the daily job of trap checking much more efficient.
    Thanks,

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    Only if your trail cam sends you images to you're phone or email....... Otherwise you'll have a very expensive trap line and twice the work....
    Opinions are like arseholes....... we all have them, and most of them stink

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    Agreed, you can buy cameras that do this now.

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    I know, but and a couple of hundred quid a pop, that's one hell of a luxury..... You'll be wanting to use drones next to carry out unmanned bombing raids on fox earths.....
    Opinions are like arseholes....... we all have them, and most of them stink

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    Might be worth running one of the normal ones just to see who is coming and sniffing round your Larsen traps when you aren't looking (and I am thinking of the two legged busybody RSPB type rather than the four legged troublemakers)

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    I'm sure I read somewhere that even checking by binoculars isn't good enough- you need to attend daily. Also, I feed mine on tinned cat food which lasts a crow two days a tin so you'd only save a couple of visits a week.
    I think it was on a Warrener video where they had a massive live-catch fox trap with a flag on it so if the flag is up then the door must be shut. He had a badger in there which they filmed him releasing.

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    .... or just phone up your RSPB local office, they are probably keeping an eye on them for free?

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    AFAIK Crosshair is right. Traps have to be checked in person.

    I say this because a friend of mine who was running dozens of traps designed and built a fairly cheap and simple wireless system that would send an alert when a trap was activated.

    These were Fenn traps and similar, so the primary aim was to keep the traps as active as possible.

    Having proved the concept, he was thinking of making a marketable product out of the system, but when he checked the legality of it he found it was a non-starter and went back to checking his own traps the traditional way.
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    Obviously the traps are checked at least once every 24 hours and the camera system is a back up......


    i use use them near a fox trap to pick up traffic and other things on camera

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Gain View Post
    AFAIK Crosshair is right. Traps have to be checked in person.

    I say this because a friend of mine who was running dozens of traps designed and built a fairly cheap and simple wireless system that would send an alert when a trap was activated.

    These were Fenn traps and similar, so the primary aim was to keep the traps as active as possible.

    Having proved the concept, he was thinking of making a marketable product out of the system, but when he checked the legality of it he found it was a non-starter and went back to checking his own traps the traditional way.
    Dunno if it is the same person but there was a keeper up north who was trying to revolutionise marignal grouse moors by doing that, running far more fenn's than he could check, i've read about it a few times even had a big article in ST and it was never picked up on by anyone apart from someone in the letters page later on. And the editor had a wee note after letter saying he was right.

    Only time it would really help if potentially catching multiple birds in the same trap in the same position very quickly after each other

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