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Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Random 8, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. Random 8

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    Thought it might be fun in the preseason to post some of those blurry, obscured, or hard to see critter game camera pics, and take some WAGs on what we see. I think I have this one ID'd, location Northern MN, mixed deciduous and conifer cover. Hope the pic works, my first try at that. As a reference, the 2 balsam firs in the background are about 6' tall.
     

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  2. Patocazador

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    Size is hard to determine so I'll say wolf or a big coyote. Since I saw a HUGE wolf near Ely, Minn.several years ago, I'll say it's an "un-huge" wolf.
     
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  3. Demi-human

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    Could it be a German Shepard? Peeling off after a racoon, completely oblivious to the camera. Coyotes around here usually stop to pose... the only time I ever get to see one.:fire:
     
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  4. Random 8

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    My first thought was coyote, but the tail is short, and the ears very sharp and triangular with distinct black tips. I've caught them in motion on the camera, and they look different. I am about 90% sure this is the large bobcat I've tracked several times in the area. The trail this camera is on is a favorite hunting ground for various predators after snowshoe hair as I've been actively clearing and piling brush along the sides. Here's a good size reference. This is an adult doe, probably 1 1/2 or 2.5 yrs, same position on the trail, same shot. They tend to run large here in the North Woods, that age will dress 125-150. Who's got the next pic?
     

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  5. ohihunter2014

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    I had multiple pics of what i thought was a raccoon but found out it was a red fox. Blurry pic and bushy tail at night then he finally stood still.

    Your pic looks like a feline due to the upper body and head and ear.
     
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  6. Shanghai McCoy

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    Lynx..?
     
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  7. huntsman

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    I’ve not had an unidentifiable pic, the one’s that trouble my are when when the cam goes off at 3:00am with half the pic blocked but nothing there. Then it works fine at 6 am and fine the rest of the day until 3am again.
     
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  8. Demi-human

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    The opossum that lives in that tree is wondering why some mornings, at three in the morning when he gets up to go "use the woods", there is a strange quiet noise and a light that comes out of this weird smelling box, some human put on his tree.:D
     
  9. 22250Rem

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    Not sure what that one is. I get those "what is it ??? " pictures occasionally, too. Except I never download any of them to this computer. Maybe in the future I could contribute some. I've had some that were real head scratchers.
     
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  10. Random 8

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    A slim possibility. I am in theoretical Canada Lynx range, with occasional sightings well to the North of me. The cats I have tracked on property were definitely bobcat, one was at the extreme end of their maximum size. Based on what I see, the body shape in movement is not right for a canine...either dog, small wolf or coyote. The only dog I know of in the area is a Lab, definitely not that. I'm still going with bobcat. Hopefully he'll make a better appearance, would be nice to add one of these to my digital trophy collection (or perhaps a full body mount poised to pounce from the loft in my cabin). Anybody else have some mystery pics we can guess at?
     
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  11. FL-NC

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    Interesting thead!
     
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  12. entropy

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    Bobcat.
     
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  14. Demi-human

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    Sadly, the most use I get out of a trail cam is watching over building sites. We have caught some human ridiculousness, but nothing mysterious, other than "why on earth";). All that kind of stuff can be found on the Idiotbox. (youtube)

    I was hoping for a goodly round of mystery too.:)
    (Just, not the Bigfoot kind.o_O)

    When I look at the picture and think "cat" instead of "dog", I noticed the tail is quite short. Also not held up as an alert shepard running would be...
     
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  15. LoonWulf

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    Smartass:p

    I've got no clue, not nearly enough frame of reference.
    Enjoying the guess tho.
     
  16. jmorris

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    There’s one in every crowd.

    I could contribute hundreds of photos to this thread that I have no idea what the animals are. Lots of blurs so bad you couldn’t tell a raccoon from a bobcat from an armadillo, even birds and bugs.

    Subsequent photos, even on different days can help though.

    I did have to look this one up though.

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  17. entropy

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    Coati?
     
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  18. tarosean

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    ^ gotta wonder how it lost its tail...
     
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  19. jmorris

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    Yep, and yep.

    Must have been from South TX somewhere. I thought they were some of the most diverse game camera photos I had ever seen why I downloaded and saved them all these years.

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    My guess it that’s the only water around that area.
     
  20. Flintknapper

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    Yes, common to have water tanks spread out on larger ranches that don't have a natural resource for it. Not just South Texas (Central Texas too).

    The diversity of the wildlife (Javelina, Cougar, Coati) suggests South Texas in this instance. Apparently close enough to the border to also have 'illegal traffic' of the human kind.

    Whoever put the tank in place was thoughtful enough to provide a 'climb out stick' for those smaller animals that fall in and couldn't otherwise get out.
     
  21. MCgunner

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    At first I thought this was a yote. But, by consensus I think it's a dove or bird of some kind. Look behind the hog trap.
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  22. Random 8

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    Here's a fun one. I do have positive ID from another more clear picture. He's centered on the image, out on the end of that stick. Habitat black spruce bog edge transition to grassy brushland with some mature aspen. Northern MN. The thumbnail is the more clear image. My guess was completely wrong before I saw the better picture.

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    Never known them to be nocturnal
     
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  23. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Appears to be a flying squirrel, As Eager Winter would say, "They only come out at night".
     
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  24. Random 8

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    Dang, I was still wrong. Never considered flying squirrel, thought it was a pine squirrel. Thanks
     
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  25. Patocazador

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    Looks like a javelina to me .. although very blurry. If it's a bird, it's flying.
     
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