i was pondering this obvious thought this weekend..... it was about early 2000’s I had chance to see 1st trail cam. Right up until then, cabelas offered a string that deer tripped where it recorded the time. I bought 1st one and thought it was exciting. A stealth cam I think ??? Had film u brought in to be developed. That was about 2004???? 2005? Eventually I got ONE good one. I think I split the cost with my brother. 3-4 years later I loaded up on about 10 bushnells. That was a “pretty big deal” for Cost & impact for us. I personally think- for better or for worse- it’s one of the biggest changes or most impactful in last 20 years. I personally think the good vastly outweighs the bad. What u think though. Here’s my assessment but chime in..... POSITIVES: -I personally think it’s cut back on trespassing 50% or more. Maybe considerably more. No exact data to point to but I think it’s been extremely effective at reducing trespassing & law breaking. -ability to track deer over the years to get fairly good idea of how old xyz buck is. - above has created major increases in age management, excitement to manage, information for those that do want to better manage the deer herd or age class, etc. -fun time that Almost “extends hunting season” out of the season dates. -security going well beyond trespassing. -kids can join along easily. -information on predators, bizarre stuff, things u may not have realized were happening, whatever. -FUN!!!!! -I won’t fill em all in or taint others thoughts cause I wanna hear others too so stop there. NEGATIVES: -could be viewed as giving unfair advantage to hunters through information. -expensive. -broken & defective cameras are a major problem and a big hassle. -extra intrusion. -some who may feel the advancement of technology & outdoors (being in nature & primal desire to hunt) not meshing together well. -I’ll stop here as well. . Good, bad or indifferent, I’d vote the trail camera as one of or THE biggest advancement for hunters & Hunting of any other “invention” in last 10-20 years (of anything that’s widely implemented ). What u guys think?