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I just hope the guy is not on this forum. He will really be expecting the cameras now
No doubt!

If it were me, I would already have expected cameras. Most folks in this neck of the woods have a camera around a running feeder, and many folks I know keep a camera at road entrances into private property - especially vacant land. Whenever I am out and about on public land, I take a pretty good look around for cameras before I take a leak.
 

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Trespassing with a firearm and poaching should be a BRUTAL punishment. I don't own land, but I will one day. Hoping to have 40+ acres within 5 years.

If you're on my land, you better be able to run fast. 1300fps fast馃槀
 

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That just absolutely sucks.

So, not to go CSI here, but if there were any hulls or anything, you might take pictures of them and bag them without handling them. If you do get the schmuck on camera, it's a bet that he will say, "I just stopped there to take a leak, saw the blind and then left...I don't know anything about turkeys...I don't even turkey hunt"...but some empty hulls with the firing pin marks, fingerprints, etc. are hard to dispute.

Getting some of the feathers would help, too...they can run the DNA if they really want to push it.

Nothing worse than someone stealing, and that's what that is. Guessing a local who knows you are from out of state and aren't there...probably a very nearby local. Wardens probably already suspect who it is.
 

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with the current season structure, legal AR hunters get about 3 weeks to hunt, and poacher season is about five or six weeks. Lots of turkey hunters are in the woods scouting before turkey season, so the poachers blend right in. If the AR season was earlier and closed earlier - it would restrict the time poachers get to hunt by themselves. And, there would be very few active poachers after season, and no legal turkey scouters, making it much easier for GW to key in on vehicles ?
Maybe some day, this will sink in.
 

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I just hope they don't notice the cameras if he/they come back.
Sad that the time has come that one needs to designate cameras for game, and cameras for thieves/trespassers.
They do make small ones now, that can be hard to see, and some security boxes(like Camlockbox) that are tailor made for the camera, and not some bulky one size fits many.
I never want to catch a thief/trespasser, but I like the challenge in hiding a camera, where one want see it.
 

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Thanks for the 馃尳.....

First one was 11" and second bird had a triple beard...5, 8, 10.25 respectively.....

Please use 64 gb cards in those cams.....I'm running low....

About 3 weeks before season, when ya shut off your feeder, I should be setup on the neighbors....

Thanks again....neighbor
Yeah, probably won't do that again. Not worth it. The feeder is now gone. For the record, they all had about 9 to 10 inch single beards.
 

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I hate to hear this. My experience so far has been that unless you live and work on a property every day of the year, you鈥檒l never have an idea of what is actually going on on the property. This just isn鈥檛 feasible for most so the poachers have the upper hand out of the gate. Hopefully karma will catch up with this person.
 

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Need to use a cell cam - so if he sees the cam, it may be too late to steal it.

with the current season structure, legal AR hunters get about 3 weeks to hunt, and poacher season is about five or six weeks. Lots of turkey hunters are in the woods scouting before turkey season, so the poachers blend right in. If the AR season was earlier and closed earlier - it would restrict the time poachers get to hunt by themselves. And, there would be very few active poachers after season, and no legal turkey scouters, making it much easier for GW to key in on vehicles in the turkey woods.

Remember back in the 80鈥檚 when AR had a season opening date of Apr 1 and turkey populations were expanding across the state? How could that be when all those early gobblers were killed, completely disrupting the mating hierarchy?
Great point..Spot on..Your Hired!!!
 

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I hate to hear this. My experience so far has been that unless you live and work on a property every day of the year, you鈥檒l never have an idea of what is actually going on on the property. This just isn鈥檛 feasible for most so the poachers have the upper hand out of the gate. Hopefully karma will catch up with this person.
Unfortunately you are correct. The only thing an absent landowner can do, is to have a no bs reputation (while being fair with neighbors at the same time).
 

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I watch 4 other folks places back here around the farm. Lived here about 3 years now and have caught and thrown out over 2 dozen people. They will swear up and down they didn't see purple paint or just didn't know. Met some good folks too, just trying to find their hog dogs. So far all the hog dog people have been friendly respectful and didn't trespass. Found them in that typical one hand up in the air with a GPS in it at the property line pose. We go find the dogs and it's all good. But the deer and turkey poachers are always buttholes and don't like it when you tell them state law doesn't allow them to carry firearms onto to private property looking for wounded game. We've had more than one ask what we tote all the guns around for.
 

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I would recommend hiding a camera. Physical evidence in these kinds of crimes is hard to find at the scene. It is not impossible, just improbable. However a good time stamped picture of them on your property is probably pretty good evidence for (at least) charging them with trespassing.
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