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their digital counterparts in the not-too-distant past. Once again, technology has evolved, and you may be able to score one of those beauties way below what they originally cost. Still today, both cameras hold their respective places in certain situations, and for individual preferences.
But just about everybody today has a cell phone with a camera. Even today’s basic phone without a ton of frills has a camera that allows entry-level users to take some pretty great pictures. And just like most things, the more you spend, the better the resulting photo. Without mentioning brands or models, I am sure you can readily guess the top contenders. Also just like most things, you need to learn the ins and outs of that new technology you hold in your hand. With all of the cameras mentioned, the best time to do your learning is before you are surprised with that once-in- a-lifetime wildlife photo op!
Another great way to capture your wild neighbors
is to invest in a decent game camera. Game cameras continue to evolve as well, and the photo and video quality is superior in many newer models. The types that can transmit to your cell phone are now very reasonably priced, and add instantaneously to the excitement, as you can get a text in real time when something triggers the camera. When placing your game camera, make sure that you have a clean line of
sight to the area you’re targeting, and trim branches and obstructions from the field of view. These can
be placed just about anywhere, but you’ll want to find areas where you’re likely to catch your subjects traveling from cover to food or water. Game trails are typically easy to distinguish, and if you have a stream or pond in your sphere of travel, you’ll likely have plenty of activity. All game cameras must be labeled with your name and address, and if you place them on property that you do not own, you must have landowner permission in writing.
Who Is Roaming The Land?
Once a rare sight, black bears are more commonly seen than ever before. While bears are typically skittish and wary, their steady increase in population is pushing some bears into more populated areas, and when food is scarce, there’s an increased chance that they will become more likely to visit your bird feeder, or pet food bowls if left outside. The responsibility
of living with bears is ours, and there is hardly ever
a “bear problem” that isn’t a human problem and preventable. It’s best to think ahead, and view from afar when you see a bear. Maine black bears are not known to be aggressive, but if cubs or a food source are present, or they’re feeling threatened, you increase the risks of an encounter. Their first response is to flee, their second is a bluff charge, and then finally, fleeing.
 Ron Fournier

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