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02-17-2002, 06:21 PM
are these thing worth buying and how much do they cost??????????? can i see some pictures of deer that have been taken by a cam trakker thanks
02-24-2002, 08:36 PM
My brother had one but it was stolen. He got some very nice pics. I think they are worth having. It is like scouting with out spending so much time in the woods.
02-25-2002, 07:32 PM
Bubba, I've had mine for about 8 months and got some really good pics last fall. I was even lucky enough to get a picture of my bow buck two weeks before I shot him, before that I didn't even know he existed. The pic from the Camtrakker showed he had a split or double mainbeam on the right side...when I shot him he had broken off about 10"-12" of the lower mainbeam fighting, sometime since the Camtrakker pic was taken. Although there is always the threat of some lowlife stealing the camera...for me the payoff is worth the risk. I think a new Camtrakker runs around $430 + shipping. If the price is a little too steep there is a website for building your own for a lot less $$$...sorry I don't know the link, maybe someone else will post it here.
02-25-2002, 07:56 PM
Info for building one can be found at jessieshuntingpage.com Ready made circut boards or kits can be found at fieldpix.com With a little scrounging and buying these parts, you can build one for around 125.00 Including camera. I'm planning on building one soon. Good luck, Jay
02-28-2002, 02:32 PM
Hope I got this figured out. Here is the Camtrakker pic of my bow buck last fall.
02-28-2002, 02:43 PM
Good job posting pic!
Wow, nice buck!
02-28-2002, 02:56 PM
Awesome picture of a awesome buck!
Very good job you have for fall hunting as well! Now about my gap wedge from 90 and in...... Just kidding.
Go Early, Stay Late... Limb Chicken
03-01-2002, 12:16 PM
Great Picture! Great Buck! Congratulations!
03-07-2002, 04:50 PM
Here is a picture from one of my Homebrew cameras. http://www.iowawhitetail.com/upics/uploaded1000Abuck.jpg
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03-07-2002, 05:52 PM
Fitzt, that is an awesome picture. I have a homebrew I built myself also. It is always a last to see what you've captured on film.
03-08-2002, 12:00 AM
hey guys where do you get info on the homebrew cams. i really interested in building one.
03-08-2002, 02:34 PM
Hey Fitz, that is a great photo. What type of camera do you use for your homebrew setup? I have been to the homebrew camera site, and it looks like the overwhelming favorite is the Canon Owl PF, because of the stronger flash.
03-08-2002, 07:18 PM
The Canon Owl PF Date.
e-mail me I have a colletion of pictures of my homebrew, and a list of parts, and where purchased. firstname.lastname@example.org
03-08-2002, 07:34 PM
That above picture I had a sequence of 6 pictures. Him coming in to the scrape, working it, and then leaving. Would not have gotten that with a Camtrakker.
This is another picture of a good buck that was on my ground http://www.iowawhitetail.com/upics/uploaded11pt.jpg
03-08-2002, 07:43 PM
is there a website for these homebrew camera plans?
03-08-2002, 08:06 PM
fitzt, why do you say that you would have not gotten that series of picutes with a camtrakker? There are multiple timing settings you can choose from.
03-09-2002, 08:23 AM
Try this website for info on making your own homebrew cameras - http://www.jesseshuntingpage.com/homebrew-cams.html
03-09-2002, 01:24 PM
Fitzt, Did you encounter any big problems building your cameras? Jay
03-09-2002, 02:29 PM
Camoman, i can't the site to load.
03-09-2002, 11:54 PM
Camtrakkers Minimum setting is 20 sec.
This series was taken in 1 minutes time.
I am not knocking Camtrakker here. I have one, and it takes GREAT pictures.
I can build 3 of these, and have change left over. And if one is stolen, I am not out as much. $430.00 + Tax is alot of money to me.
03-10-2002, 09:42 AM
I have built 8 of them. I have F*@$ one camera up. If you ever do one your self.
#1 Suggestion is use no more then 15 watt soldering iron when soldering the wires to the contacts on the camera, and use a very small wire there. You can go to 18 Ga wire after the conection to the contact. Everything else I would go with a 30 watt iron.
#2 One other idea on the camera is. I followed using the Mini jack plug on his page. It looks neater, but it caused problems due to the small amout of room you have when you put everything back together.
The camera would not allways trigger.
I have since modified them using the two conductor 1/8" Phone plugs. (They are outside the camera)I have had no more problems.
#3 If you use the 12 V Reed relay from Radio shack #275-233 Soon as you get it home mix upsome JB Weld and apply to the ends of the relay, the contacts in this relay like to move around.
#4 You have to use two pieces of glass. One for the lens and one for the flash, with something between these two. (The light from the Flash will transfer throught the glass)
Other wise all your night pictures are going to have a bright spot in the Left corner.
Hope this Helps! Good Luck.
03-10-2002, 05:24 PM
CityHick, did you get to that site okay? I just clicked on the link, and it worked fine.
03-10-2002, 05:35 PM
Thanks for the excellent tips! I'm planning on using the ready made circut boards. I want to be able to use the camera elseware so I'll use the 1/8 plugs to begin with. Thanks again, Jay
03-22-2002, 08:02 PM
I have six camtrakkers that I have used over the last four years for deer research. They are by far the best camera out there. I have tried most of them with disappointment. I have taken some unbelievable pics. They are expensive and I can't wait to try the homebrew cameras.
03-25-2002, 01:10 PM
This picture was taken on a photohunter just last week. My dad bought it at the deer classic for something like $220 dollars and has had no problems. Every picture taken has a had a deer in it and one which had a bobcat(see Bobcat pic). Quality of pictures are much better than what is shown here.
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03-25-2002, 01:46 PM
Do you know if photohunter has a website? And were in southern Iowa, was the bobcat picture taken? I'm origianlly from Massena, but i live and work in Mt. Ayr and I know that there have been sights in both places.
03-25-2002, 02:34 PM
I dont know the website, but I know you can read about it and every other camera and probably find the web site on Jessie'shuntingpage.com.
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03-26-2002, 04:29 AM
I built a homebrew cam last fall but couldn't get it working during the hunting season so I left it until last weekend. Had a bad connection and now it works perfectly.
I just put it out on Sunday in a spot I'm investigating for turkeys. I plan on making at least one more.
I saw a 100 class buck still carrying his antlers on Sunday when setting the cam up.
I paid Jesse of Jesse's Homebrew cam page to wire my camera. He charges $20 shipping included. I used a dosicil gun case for the mounting with Radio Shack PIR. Might do it differently next time.
I'll let you know what I find.
03-27-2002, 08:09 PM
Micah3553, photohunters web page is trailtimer.com I have had one of these for over a year and it takes great pictures, the only problem that I have had with it that is still has not taken a picture of a buck yet just can't figure that out LOL!!!!
03-29-2002, 03:29 PM
Here is a pic from my HomeBrew cam I got working last week. I have $110 invested in it. After some tweaking of the range of motion on the detector it is ready to go.
Cam plans came from Jesse's Hunting Page.
This was Sunday night 2 hours after I set the cam out, was hoping for turkeys.
wow i love thos things. my cousin has one, and everytime he gets a film developed, i rush down to his house to see what he got. I am now saving up for one::: i fell in love.HAHA
04-02-2002, 04:08 PM
Just to let any of you know that is interested in building a Hombrew camera.
Radio Shack has there PIR Sensors on sale, that I used to build mine.
At $9.99 Good through April 14 They are regularly $24.99 Part #49-425
04-06-2002, 09:22 PM
hey guys I tried to make a homebrew and screwed up the Cannon Owl PF. I was wondering what is the easiest to find camera to be used for a homebrew camtraker.
04-07-2002, 09:19 AM
Canon owl PF only one I have played with.
You want to stick with the Canon owl PF. It costs more but it dosen't have a sleep mode. I have built a few of these and haven't had any problems.
04-12-2002, 05:10 PM
Here a picture fresh from the photo lab.
I had a total of 8 pictures of Turkeys.
I found an area where they have been dusting themselves....
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04-12-2002, 05:18 PM
Here is the other good picture I got.
04-14-2002, 09:03 AM
vman. Shoot me an e-mail. Since you also are into the homebrew. Maybe we can get together, and have a little Clinic at the iowa whitetail deal if it happens next month,if you are going.
I won't be able to attend because I have to work.
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