Trail cams are a huge deterrent to trespassers that I would not want to give up here in Iowa. Bump the charges and fines for trespassing and I'd get on board with banning cell cams during the season.
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In preparation for an archery elk hunt north of Grants, NM, I bought topos. I was happy to find a spring marked on the map, high up on the south slope of Mt. Taylor. I figured I'd be able to sit over animal trails headed to water. I was more than disappointed when I checked it out. First, there was a woven wire fence someone had put around it to keep critters out. The woven was all smashed down by the cattle that were running the national forest. They had wallowed in the spring, mucking it up, lots of cow pies in it. Secondly, the cattle lease owner had stuck a section of poly tubing into the spring, ran the tubing down the mountain to a series of livestock water tanks to gravity feed them. I didn't see much signs of elk using the water tanks, probably would have been futile to sit over them (nocturnal use?). At that point in time (about 10 years ago) I didn't notice any trailcams pointed at the spring or water tanks. I was more upset that the Fed Govt was leasing out national forest for pennies per acre to a cattle rancher who was altering it to suit his needs. I felt it should have, as national forest, been left "natural". Maybe water rights came with the lease as well. The amount of water coming from the spring would have probably evaporated or seeped back into the ground if it had not been protected by the tubing, so maybe the tank system benefited wildlife as well as the cattle. The national forest I hunted in Wyoming had streams, so no need for water tanks for the hundreds of sheep on the mountain.