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High Tech Scouting…

September 22nd, 2006

Remember when hunting was a stick and string, and camo was a tree branch cut off and set up in front of you?  Ok, you probably don’t remember that, and neither do I.  And, I guess it is inevitable that technology will continue to creep into the world of the outdoors.  But, sometimes, I think it goes a bit far.  Case in point:  the SmartScouter Trail Camera. This may be a great idea (I’m sure it is), but it just goes against my instincts as a hunter.  It is the next step in the evolution of the trail camera though!  The SmartScouter Trail Camera wirelessly sends photos to you from any where in the world.  You only need your internet connection.  Their advertisement in Field and Stream Magazine states that there are only 3 easy steps needed to get started:  1)  Purchase a SmartScouter, 2) Register Camera and Purchase plan, 3) Attach to tree and turn on.  Simple as that!  You can sit back in the comfort of your home and check out the monster bucks as they pass by. 

There are some benefits I see to this new gadget.  Once the cameras are set up (I guess you would need several), you wouldn’t have to contaminate the hunting area with your scent ever again.  You could just sit back and check out the pics, then decide which stand to hunt on opening day.  You ceratinly wouldn’t have to head out on those dreary cold mornings to retrieve film, or download digital shots of those big boys.  It cuts down on the leg work involved in every aspect of the scouting process.

I do wonder, however, if this is a feasible gadget for the “average joe” (read, “me”!)  I visited the website to try and figure out what the costs were going to be on this thing, but was not able to find out much information.  There is a note informing me that the SmartScouter is on backorder, but that I can sign up to be on the waiting list.  I guess that is a sign that the product is doing well–it evidently has outsold production. 

I like to think of myself as “old school” when it comes to hunting, but the truth is, I am not.  I have the rangefinder.  I have the GPS.  I have Goretex and Thinsulate.  When does it go too far?  I guess when you run out of money to buy the new stuff coming down the line.

On a personal note, it turns out that two of the guys that started the SmartScouter company, Jake and Justin Roach, went to High School with me way back at Mill River High School in Rutland Vermont.  Small World!  Wonder if that’s worth a free sample?

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