I have owned eight trail cameras, four of which are in good condition and fully operational. Of the other four, one is obsolete, one is in perfect condition but takes horrible images, one was damaged but is still working, and one was destroyed in a forest fire.
- #1 Bushnell purchased 2009, is obsolete for my purposes. My wife's cousin borrowed it a few years ago to track deer, which is what most people use trailcams for. I don't know (or care) where it is so I'm guessing he still has it.
- #2 Reconyx PC900 was in Wind Cave National Park 2011-2018. Restored by Reconyx to new condition after being damaged in the Legion Lake Fire, December 2017. Currently in Custer Gallatin National Forest in Montana.
- #3 Moultrie M-880 acquired 2014, destroyed in the Legion Lake Fire, Custer State Park, December 2017.
- #4 Primos Proof Cam 02 HD acquired 2015 and except for night is almost useless. On sunny days, images are blown out and false triggers are constant. No way to set it to capture only at night or adjust the sensitivity, so I'm not wasting lithium batteries on it. I put rechargeable batteries in it and it was acting as a security camera this winter at my brother's cabin in Custer Gallatin National Forest. Since the area is shady, the daytime images were sometimes acceptable. Currently awaiting re-assignment.
- #5 Browning Strike Force HD Pro acquired 2017. Currently in the back yard of my house in Montana.
- #6 Browning Strike Force HD Pro acquired 2017, while in Wind Cave National Park damaged in the Legion Lake Fire, December 2017, but I taped it up to cover the warped seams and it is working for now. Currently in the back yard of my house in Montana.
- #7 Reconyx HyperFire 2 Professional Covert IR received June 2018. Currently in Custer Gallatin National Forest in Montana.
- #11 Browning BTC Patriot FHD trailcam acquired 2022. It bears superficial resemblance to the 5-year-old #5 and #6 but is an upgrade. Currently in the back yard of my new house in Montana monitoring the arrival of the spring bluebirds.
- (#8-10 are not trailcams but are the numbers I've assigned to my Canon 5D Mark III DSLR, Canon 1D Mark II DSLR, and Canon M100. On my website, these numbers identify images taken by motion trigger or remote trigger with these cameras.)
By the way, #3 was detroyed in Custer State Park and #2 and #6 damaged in Wind Cave National Park in the same fire. They were about 10 miles apart but it was a big fire, 54,000 acres.