As my anticipation escalated so to did my anxiety when I checked my camera only to find that a bear had used it as a play toy. To my amazement the only damage was to the protective cover over the LED lights. With a simple application of clear packing tape my little camera was back in business.
Fast forward to August of that same year. I had moved this camera to a small watering pond that deer frequent in the warm summer months. While this little workhorse was getting me some fantastic pictures I also discovered that bears also like to cool off in these ponds.
The following spring, I was heading the Canada on a Spring Bear Hunt. I always like to carry a camera or two on these trips to bring pictures home and share on social media and there was no doubt in my mind as to which camera I was taking.
The very first night I placed my “little friend” over a bait site and could not wait to come back and see what it had captured. Upon arriving at the site the next day my camera was GONE! I was a little heartbroken that it was gone but I didn’t dare venture into the bush to look for it.
As I was preparing to climb into my stand I noticed something at the base of the tree . . . it was my camera . . .No doubt dragged by a bear and left for dead.
Unfortunately, it didn’t make out as well after this encounter. The LCD screen on the inside could no longer be used to program dates and times on the camera . . . BUT, it was still snapping photos.
While I should have retired the camera at that point I just could not bring myself to throw it in the trash and continued to put it in the field even though it no longer could tell me dates and times. Even with that shortcoming I still enjoyed checking that camera just to see how long it would keep ticking.
Well, that all changed this past summer. I pulled a card from the camera and there were no pictures. Thinking that batteries where dead I replaced them all and it would not fire up. My little workhorse Covert Scouting Camera had finally given up the ghost.
Like many of you, I have had numerous scouting cameras over the years and disposed of them unceremoniously when they stopped serving their purpose but somehow I could not force myself to toss this one to the wayside.
Instead of the trash my little friend now sits proudly on the desk in my office . . . reminding me of all of the good times we have had together. It was a powerful little camera that stood the test of time and proved over and over again that we made the right choice in partnering with DLC Scouting Cameras.
Pro Staffer John Lenox