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Gardening intuition

using Truth Cam trail camera to know when a deer is entering our garden

Our trusty trail camera recorded a deer intruder early this morning.

Anna's gardening intuition told her the spot where the fence is mushed down was done by an escaping deer recently.

We upgraded that section with an additional post and tightened it up. I had turned the mechanical deer deterrent off the other night because I didn't want them to get accustomed to the sound. Maybe turning it back on tonight will spook our intruder enough to leave for good.

I wonder if it would be possible to modify a trail camera to send some sort of message when these events happen? Then maybe I could wake up in enough time to turn this intruder into dinner...if of course deer season was in.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Bushnell now makes a wireless cam that will text you photos. Trophy Cam HD Wireless -
Comment by Tre Thu Feb 6 21:28:26 2014

You can get WiFi SD cards, which allow you to download photos from a camera without needing to plug in a cable. Perhaps something like that could be used, along with a computer set up to poll the card for new photos periodically?

Another idea is to get an infrared-triggered switch. Whenever the trail camera takes a photo, it uses an infrared flash. This would trigger the switch, which could ring a bell inside the house or something to alert you.

Comment by Darren (Green Change) Thu Feb 6 23:42:09 2014

An infrared sensor alarm would work- If Lucy doesn't stray through the beam at night. Or racoons, or rabbits, or possums, or anything large enough to trigger the chime. Depending on local wildlife and sensitivity settings, you might get alarms every few minutes or never.

You might consider a solar sensor light. It would have the added benefit of letting you see the intruder... BTW Have you ever seen the Backyard Bowyer's PVC pipe crossbow tutorial on youtube?.....

Comment by Eric in Japan Fri Feb 7 11:18:06 2014

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