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I went scouting at thistlewaite last week,and found some
sign ofo of east road.I put out my trail camera to see what
time the deer were passing,or if there were any shooters
for bucks only.Well, i just got back from my spot and guesswhat my camera was STOLLEN!!I HAVE A BLISTERING CASE OF THE RED ASS.I always thought deer hunters respected each other,i know i do.I learned a valuable lesson and this leaves a bad taste in my mouth for thistlewaite.I guess
i just ran into the 1% of SORRY ASS HUNTERS.
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Maybe
Ever though it may be a game warden? There is the possibility.
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no game warden
My guess is it one of those sorry hunters. Unfortunatly many (too many) can't resist taking the camera. Nothing surprises me anymore on WMA's. I go thru grassy lake often and it kills me to see how the state spends the money to repair / grade the roads and roadsides and how many idiots intentionally "mudride" on the side of the road because they think it is fun or cute. I don't know what the % of idiots is but it looks pretty high to me. No respect.
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Locked up?
So sorry to hear that your cam was stolen. Did you have it locked to the tree? Hope it was a cheapy like a Stealth and not one of those fine Swamp Ghost trailcams. I for one hunt private land and lock mine to the tree with a Python cable lock. I wouldn't even consider putting it out on public land. You can't trust no one these days, and yes, some hunters are thieves too!
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Stolen Trail Cam

Dude, I really feel sorry for you and that your camera was stolen. But I really cannot sampathize with you to much. You should have known that you should never leave anything like that unattended to in the woods. Especially on public land.
I fault you for not taking some real caution. Things aren't like they use to be when it was you and maybe someone else having the woods for yourselves. The times has changed quite a bit. The sport of hunting has brought a lot of attention.
Some wanted and some unwanted!
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Pathetic
We true sportsmen are a dying breed.

Sweetbackstrap, don't enhance the status of these people by giving them the honor of having "hunter" in their name. They're no sorry hunters.................they're just plain old pathetic.

I've had pirogues and decoys stolen off 850 acres of leased private land more often than I can remember over the last 20 or so years. I just had to decide if I wanted to take the extra time and headache to take the thing back in with me every time I came in, or take the risk of having it stolen by leaving it out. It gets expensive, so I just brought it back with me. They wouldn't be just passing by, they were on private property with posted signs all over the place. They went in looking for something to take. The guts of some people these days.
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Hunters
This should not leave a bad taste in your mouth for Thistlethwaite but for some of today's Hunters in general.
Sorry about your Camera.
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Stolen Game Cam
Yeah that does suck. At least your was stolen on public land. I had one stolen last October on my private 25 acres, not 200 yards from my back door. That reall sucked. Maybe the New Year will be better.
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cam
Their are a lot of SORRY AZZ holes out there that aint got chit and dang sure don't respect other folks property.

Chaulk this up as a lesson learned. Just be glad it wasn't your stand or a shot deer that you might have been tracking!
Trash will be TRASH !!!!
We can only TRY to keep the honest honest!!!!
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you're not alone
dont feel alone...i hunted sherburne wma last weekend by myself, i shot a 3 point saturday morning, so i dragged the deer out, leaving my stand there, thinking that there was no one around me at all and i was like a mile in the woods so no one would mess with it...well got back sunday morning and it was gone! really pissed me off...now i will be leaving in about an hour or so to go buy a new one...lilcajun
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stolen deer.
how about having the deer you shot dragged off before you can get to it?? Here's my report from a Sunday hunt:

Made a hunt today on the Maurepas WMA. Went with a couple friends, we all take a stand, and see what walks by. A friend's grandson, 12, was on a stand and shot a spike at about 7am. 2 shots, he saw it drop. Next thing boggles the mind. Another hunter appears in the swamp, and proceeds to drag the deer out. 2 other guys with us saw this, and yelled at the guy, who kept on walking, jumped in a boat, and took off down the go-devil run. Shame on this idiot for stealing this boy's FIRST DEER!! but ya know what? this idiot will brag, and he will be found out, and I will put it on every website I know!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Been There!
I have had two stolen on the Attakapas wma. I learned quick not to leave them out during GUN season when the masses are out. I've been pushing my luck this season, becausae I miss all the scrape action during this time. Just yesterday(thought no one would be out) I went made a morning hunt. On the way out, I check one of my cams and there is a pic of someones hand in front of the cam, like 30 minutes before. There are some Honest folks left in this world! Thats twice this year that I know of that someone found my cam and didn't steal it. Thanks to whoever you are with the orange camo glove!
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Lesson Learned
Well, I have to agree with some, you really should not be so trusting on public land. I do have a question for you.
I too hunt and scout thistlewaite. Last week off of Rice Field road i came across a scouting camera. Whom ever it was for, will have a picture of my face. Out of curiosity I checked the view window for pictures taken, events and such.
Since the location of the camera was in a really good area that i had scouted and planned to hunt i wanted to see if it would show the area activity. Now having said that, this guy had the camera locked with a paddle lock but only on the camera door, not to the tree. It was secured with wood screws, and looked as if they were barely sunk into the tree. They could have easily been removed with a pocket knife type tool. I would suggest as others did that this person secure the entire case to the tree. Anyway if this person reads this and thinks its his camera and wants to compare notes on the area or discuss upcoming hunts planned, i would like that so we could hopefully work together not to intrude in each others stand locations. The camera was on one of the handycap trails on left side walking in.
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Not a wise idea
There are a bunch of dishonest PUNKS in Thistlethwaite. As well as a few respectable hunters that are getting fewer and father between. During October i had three guys that came off of the WMA and tried to steal my climbing stand. It didnt work so well because i am very hard headed and cut them off at the fork of plant and east road. To boot i had pictures of them on my gamecam moments before they attempted to steal my climber. Well now they have charges against them. I use to be nice hearted about guys getting lost and end up on my land. But not any more i press charges on every single one.

Sorry for your loss but learn your lesson well.
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PUBLIC LAND
Yep,........NOTHING LIKE GOOD OLE PUBLIC LAND!!!!!!!.....Do what i do. I carry a combination LOCK and CABLE on....."EVERY STAND" i own and when you leave for the day lock it up................YES,YES, I KNOW......LOCKS ARE ONLY TO KEEP HONEST PEOPLE HONEST RITE.......BUT THINK ABOUT IT...HOW MANY OF US WALK AROUND DEER HUNTING WITH A PAIR OF CABLE CUTTERS......AT LEAST IF YOU WER GONNA STEAL IT YOU WOULD HAVE TO LEAVE TO GO GET SOMETHING TO CUT IT AND HOPEFULLY YOU ARE TO LAZY AND WILL LOSE INTEREST.......IF NOT HOPEFULLY I CATCH YOU WALKING OUT HALFWAY WITH MY STAND ON YOUR BACK......BOY, AND IF THAT HAPPENS ......CHITS GONNA GET REAL EXCITING....REAL QUICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!hehehehehehehehehehehe.....(A Blistering case of the red a$$)...heheheheheheh...NOW THATS FUNNY RITE THERE I DONT CARE WHO YOU ARE...hehehehehe
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stuff stolen
over the past ten years ive had the below list stolen from me

two very used but mine aluminun boats
one fiberglass canoe
8doz decoys
one ladder stand
one climber
one chain saw
one minnow bucket with the cocahoes in it

i feel your pain
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game cam
those were not hunters they were trash. and like the rest of the trash in the woods throw them out and dont let them back. sorry about your cam
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trash
The bad thing is all this trash running around in the woods will mess things up for the rest of us true sportsmen. The worst thing is it is a family man with kids that is teaching the offspring their destructive ways and they are the first to complain when the government outlaws all hunting because of the problems they cause.It's not the animal rights activist to blame its the unethical hunters who are going to shut us down......
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waix stalker
My hat goes off to you for pressing charges against this rip raft that is taking over our wmas and tresspassing on private land. I know your property line is well marked and there is no excuse for the wondering onto your land. I dare somebody to try and steal my stand off the wma because if I catch you I will have free room and board and health care for the rest of my life because I will kill you. No questions asked. A thief is a thief and the only good thief is a dead thief. What is wrong with some of these people out there is they know the law won't punish them so they have no fear. Bring back public hangings and we would have a signifacant drop in crime.
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